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Aulus Gellius 4.14

Translation copyright 2001 Neil W. Bernstein; all rights reserved.

The story of Hostilius Mancinus, one of the aediles and the prostitute Manilia; and the decree of the tribunes to whom Manilia appealed.

  1. As I was reading the ninth book of Ateius Capito's Miscellany, entitled On public judgments, I came across a particular decree of the tribunes that seemed to me full of ancient grandeur.
  2. That is why I remember it. It was written for this reason and to this purpose:
  3. Aulus Hostilius Mancinus was a curule aedile. He served a summons on the prostitute Manilia in order to try her before the Roman people, because one night he had been hit by a stone thrown from her floor of an apartment building. He even showed the wound made by this stone.
  4. Manilia appealed to the tribunes of the people.
  5. She explained to them that Mancinus had come to her building dressed like a party-goer. It had not been her choice to admit him; but when he forced an entry, she drove him away with stones.
  6. The tribunes decreed that the aedile had been legally removed from a place which it was not appropriate for him to enter wearing a garland (1). Consequently they interceded in order to prevent the aedile from bringing the case before the people.

Notes:

  1. I.e., not on official business.

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