c.340 - c.273 BC
Roman Consul

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 prose composition.

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