centumviri


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centumviri

(sĕntŭm`vĭrī) [Lat.,=a hundred men], in ancient Rome, law court of a varying number of members representing each Roman tribe that heard civil cases involving land and property claims. Under the empire the centumviri had to deal chiefly with inheritance. It is last mentioned in A.D. 395.
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Cicero (De Oratore 1.173) gives an ironical list of the issues which came before the centumviri. Although this does not contain rights of way or usufruct, many similar, and no less irksome, matters are included: