Title: CIL II(2).5, – Lex Ursonensis, bronze tablets with municipal law on the foundation of Colonia Iulia Genetiva at Urso. Author: Center for Epigraphical. The Caesarian lex Ursonensis, the founding charter of a Hispanic colony, is one of the few documents attesting to attempts at systematic thinking about religion. FORWARD. This charter, known officially as the Law of Colonia Genetiva Julia, was apparently drafted in outline by Julius Caesar, with later marginal.

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Neither shall any other matter be proposed to the decurions nor shall any decree of the decurions be passed until the money in accordance with the conditions of the lease is assigned and paid to the said contractors by decree of the decurions, provided that not less than thirty are present when the said matter is discussed. Member feedback about Roman funerary art: Whoever is found guilty of voting deliberately with deception in another curiahe shall nto be permitted to vote in this colony for the next five years, and no magistrate of this colony may allow him to vote.

Lex Ursonensis – Brill Reference

In the case of the duumvir or the prefect, who makes such claim for the colonists, failing to be present: No duumvir or aedile or prefect of the colony Genetiva Julia shall urxonensis to the decurions of the colony Genetiva, or consult the decurions, or carry a decree of the decurions, or enter or order such decree to be entered in the public records, and no decurion when ursojensis matter is discussed shall declare a vote among the decurions, or frame a decree of the decurions, or enter or order such decree to be entered in the public records, whereby any senator of the Roman people, or the son of such senator.

In the case of performance of ,ex public work having been decreed by the decurions of the said colony, a majority of the decurions being present when the said matter is discussed: Whenever a majority of the decurions present at any meeting determine to draft armed men for the purpose of defending the territories of the colony, it shall be lawful, without prejudice to themselves, ursonebsis every duumvir or prefect charged with jurisdiction in the colony Genetiva Julia to draft under arms colonists, resident aliens, and “attributed” persons.


And whatever the decurions determine and decree concerning the aforesaid matters shall be legal and valid; and all the said persons, to whom such matter appertains and for whom it is proper in accordance with this law to perform any such matter, without malicious deception shall perform the same. Respecting pontiffs and augurs created from the colony Genetiva by Gaius Caesar or by the person who by his command establishes the colony: Clerks failing to take such oath shall not copy the public accounts nor shall they receive the money or the jrsonensis customary for such service.

Whatever a majority of the decurions then present determine shall be lawful and valid. If any person acts in contravention of this regulation, for every several such act, he shall be condemned to pay to the colonists of the colony Genetiva Julia 1, sesterces and shall be sued and prosecuted by any person at will for that amount.

Nor shall anyone cause by virtue of such irnperium or authority any person to adjudicate in the said colony, except those persons pex properly adjudicate by this law. Nor shall any person be elected in place of another or coopted into the college of Augurs, except at a time when there are less than three augurs belonging to the colony Genetiva Julia.

They shall provide that the work shall be performed, as the decurions resolve, as long as no labor is ursonensiz, without his own consent, from any person less than fourteen or more than sixty years of age.

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And he shall provide that the persons on whom such notice is served and whose names are included in the list of witnesses shall be present at the said trial. By the authors of the law, thus the argument runs, religion is a complex practice only certain elements of which fall into the realm of public regulation, when and insofar as questions of public authority and responsibility are concerned.

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Search my Subject Specializations: No person shall be compelled to give evidence against his will if he is related to the party concerned in the said case, as father-in-law, son-in-law, stepfather, stepson, patron, freedman, cousin, or any nearer connection by blood or affinity.

Click here to sign up. Persons possessing a domicile or an estate in the said colony or within the boundaries of the said colony but not being colonists of the said colony shall be liable to the same amount of labor as a colonist. This history accounts for repetitions, redundant phrases, disorderly arrangement, and general lack of finish in the law as it has descended to us. The people seem to have had little significance in the government, except as an ureonensis body, and all legislation was vested in the Senate.

Religion in the lex Ursonensis

The method by which Romans were memorialized was determined by social class, religion, and other factors. Classical and Christian Rome: In the case of a majority of the judices, before whom the said matter is treated, not being convinced that the person concerning whom the action is granted is unworthy of his place as a decurion: Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Respecting any money paid into the common fund under the category of fines in connection with taxes belonging to the colony Genetiva Julia: No person within the boundaries of the town or the colony or within the area marked round by the plowla shall introduce a dead person, or bury, or cremate the same therein, or build therein a monument to a dead person.

Hrsonensis is no mention of any veto power, and the officials are duumvirs, aediles, augurs, and priests. It shall be lawful for the said persons to receive the aforesaid sums without prejudice to themselves. In like manner the persons who own or possess the said land shall have legal right of way to the said waters.