SOME AUGUSTAN LEGISLATION
LAWS OF CERTAIN DATE:
- 30~~ LEX SAENIA:Allowed Augustus to create new patricians.
- 27~~ LEX DE IMPERIO: gave Augustus imperium for 10 years (Dio 53. 13.1)
- 23~~ A law giving Augustus tribunicia potestas
(negative veto over all public actions inside Rome)
- 22~~ [A proposal (refused) to give Augustus a perpetual consulship.]
A proposal (refused) to make Augustus `Caretaker of Public Morals']
[A law (refused) to make Augustus Dictator.]
- 18~~ LEX JULIA DE ADULTERIIS (law on adultery and marriage regulations)
LEX JULIA DE AMBITU (a law to regulate and penalize electoral corruption)
LEX JULIA DE MAGISTRATIBUS (also on senatorial census) (Dio 54. 17.3)
- 12~~ LEX JULIA DE AUGUSTO PONTIFICE MAXIMO CREANDO
(Lepidus died in 13. On 12 March Augustus elected chief priest for life.)
LEX JULIA DE MAGISTRATIBUS ET EQUITIBUS (Dio 54. 30.2)
- 11~~ LEX JULIA DE USU AQUARUM: regulated use of aqueducts, and appointed a committee of Senators as curatores aquarum.
LEX JULIA DE SENATU HABENDO: quorum, requirements for attendance
(Gellius 4. 10.1. Pliny Epp. 5. 13.5 and 8. 14.19)
- 8~~ LEX PACUVIA DE MENSE AUGUSTO: renamed Sextilis in honor of the Princeps
- 2~~ LEX FUFIA CANINIA: regulated and restricted the holding and freeing of slaves
- 4~~ LEX AELIA SENTIA: additional regulations liniting the freeing of slaves
- 13~~ A law granting TIBERIUS a share with Augustus in the administration of the provinces (i.e. imperium), at the time of the periodic renewal of Augustus' powers
LAWS OF UNCERTAIN DATE:
- (1) LEX JULIA MAIESTATIS: the treason law: established a crime `committed against the Roman People and its security'. This now included high treason, sedition, criminal attack against a magistrate, desertion from the army, etc. The Princeps and his family were now specifically included in the law by name, along with the People.
- (2) LEX JULIA ANNONAE: (18 B.C. ?) against merchants raising the market prices of foodstuffs or committing unfair practices in the sale or transportation of food.
- (3) LEX JULIA DE MARITANDIS ORDINIBUS (18 B.C. ?) provisions of which are sometimes uncertain, because of changes made by the LEX PAPIA POPPAEA (of A.D. 9). The Julian Law on Marriage certainly forbade marriage between senators (and their sons) and freedwomen; between freeborn persons and persons of ill-repute and adulterers. It promoted marriage and procreation of children by granting privileges to parents and imposing disabilities on the unmarried and childless. Married women with 3 children (freedwomen with 4) or more were excused from the requirement of legal guardianship. The Lex Papia Poppaea excluded from the right to inherit in a will all unmarried men over 25 and under 60, and unmarried women over 20 and under 50.
- (4) LEX JULIA THEATRALIS (after A.D. 5) admitted to the first 14 rows of seats in the theaters only freeborn persons whose father had a patrimony of at least 400,000 HS (i.e. members with enough property to be enrolled on the census as members of the Equestrian Order).
January 24, 2010 3:08 PM
John Paul Adams, CSUN