Spurius Cassius

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Cassius, Spurius


Roman state figure and military leader.

Of patrician birth, Spurius Cassius served as consul in 502,493, and 486 B.C. In 493 B.C. he concluded a union with the Latins and in 486 introduced legislation to provide land for needy plebeians and Latin allies. According to legend, Spurius Cassius was accused of attempting to establish a tyranny and was thrown from the Tarpeian Rock.

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An early attempt at a so-called "agrarian law," which would reform the division of public land, was attempted by a consul named Spurius Cassius. His proposal was blocked by patrician influence, however, and Cassius himself was eventually tried and executed for alleged treason.