Cicero, de Republica 2.58
Anyhow, at a time when the community was in a state of turmoil over debt, the common people occupied first the Sacred Mount and then the Aventine. Remember that not even the system of Lycurgus kept the Greek population under so tight a rein. For in Sparta too, in the regime of Theopompus, five officials called ephors (and in Crete ten, called cosmoi) were appointed to offset the power of the king, just as here the tribunes of the plebs were elected to limit the authority of the consuls
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Cicero. 1998. The Republic and The Laws. Tran. Niall Rudd. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press. p.54.
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