decemvirs


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decemvirs

(dēsĕm`vərz) [Lat.,=ten men], in ancient Rome, group of 10 men appointed to a special judicial or executive capacity. The most famous were those who developed in the 5th cent. B.C. the Laws of the Twelve Tables, the primary Roman code. There was a permanent decemvirate of priests that guarded the Sibylline Books (see sibylsibyl
, in classical mythology and religion, prophetess. There were said to be as many as 10 sibyls, variously located and represented. The most famous was the Cumaean sibyl, described by Vergil in the Aeneid.
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After much deliberation, the Decemvirs produced the famed Twelve Tables of Roman Law.
Led by the charismatic and ambitious Appius Claudius, the Decemvirs refused to step down and attempted to usurp government power.
As with the crisis under Tarquin the Proud, so under Appius Claudius and the Decemvirs, Rome's salvation came as a result of the abuse of a woman.
Virginius himself then led a revolt that overthrew the Decemvirs.