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Lex Canuleia

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Lex Canuleia

The Lex Canuleia is a law of the Roman Republic passed in the year 445 BCE.[1][2]

Named after the tribune Gaius Canuleius, who proposed it, it abolished a corresponding prohibition in the Twelve Tables and allowed marriage between patricians and plebeians, with children inheriting the father's social status.[3] It is also referred to in Latin as the Lex de conubio patrum et plebis.

Canuleius also carried through a law that permitted plebeians to hold the office of consul, the highest of the Roman magistracies, which the patricians had retained as their prerogative.[4]

In fiction

In the 1930s novella Goodbye Mr Chips,[5] which is set in an English Public School, its protagonist is trying to explain the law to his Remove Class:

“So, if Mr Patrician told Miss Plebs that, love you as I do, I cannot marry you; she would reply ‘Oh yes you can, you liar!’”

See also


  1. ^ LegesThe Roman Law Library, incl.
  2. ^ Harriet I. Flower (6 September 2011). Roman Republics. Princeton University Press. pp. 210–.  
  3. ^ Liv. 4.1-7
  4. ^ William McCuaig (14 July 2014). Carlo Sigonio: The Changing World of the Late Renaissance. Princeton University Press. pp. 235–.  
  5. ^ Hilton,J.Little, Brown and Company, 1934

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