Quintus Hortensius (dictator)
When the people, pressed by their patrician creditors, "seceded" to the Janiculum, Hortensius was made dictator to put an end to the strife. He passed a law (known as the Lex Hortensia) whereby the resolutions of the plebeian assembly (plebiscita) were made binding on all the citizens, without the approval of the Senate being necessary. This was not a mere re-enactment of previous laws. Another law, passed about the same time, which declared the nundinae (market days) to be dies fasti (days on which legal business might be transacted), is also attributed to him.
- Julius Obsequens, Periochae of Livy, 11.11