c.340 - c.273 BC
Appius Claudius Caecus was a popular Roman politician.
He was a patrician who became the first politician to attempt to give landless workers a voice in the Roman senate. He also made legal information available to the lower classes by publishing a code for legal practices.
Appius Claudius organized the construction of the first paved Roman road, the 'Via Appia', and Rome's first aqueduct.
In his last years he made a speech exhorting
the Romans not to make peace with the invader
Pyrrhus. This speech was the first Latin oratory preserved
for future generations and laid the foundation for Latin