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municipium

ok hb 6/11/07in antiquity, a community incorporated into the Roman state after the dissolution of the Latin League. Initially, inhabitants of such municipalities were considered Roman citizens without voting rights. As the Italian provinces were incorporated into the Roman state, residents of the municipia who moved to Rome were registered in the tribes and accorded full political rights. Voting rights were granted to some cities, and they maintained a certain amount of autonomy, for they were permitted to retain their own governments as well as their local magistrates, who had limited judicial and financial powers. However, the municipia remained under the jurisdiction of Rome in matters of foreign policy, and they supplied Rome with troops and were not permitted to mint money. After the Social War (90-89 BC) all Latin and Italian communities became municipia of Roman citizens

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