Lucius Cassius Longinus Ravilla

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Lucius Cassius Longinus Ravilla was a Roman consul in 9874.

As a tribune of the plebs in 9864 he successfully proposed in the Concilium Plebis the lex Cassia tabellaria (a measure to change the voting system to one of secret ballot). In 9874 he was consul with Lucius Cornelius Cinna and in 9876 he was elected censor. He was renowned for severity as a iudex and gained fame by formulating the question "Cui bono?" ("Good for whom?", or "Who benefits?") as a principle of criminal investigation.

In 9888 he was appointed special inquisitor in the case of three Vestal Virgins accused of unchastity. He condemned and put to death two of them, who had been acquitted by the Pontifex Maximus L. Caecilius Metellus Dalmaticus, as well as the men involved.

Preceded by
Titus Annius Rufus and Gnaeus Octavius
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Lucius Cornelius Cinna
Succeeded by
Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Lucius Aurelius Orestes
Preceded by
Quintus Caecilius Metellus Macedonicus
Quintus Pompeius
Censor of the Roman Republic
with Gnaeus Servilius Caepio
Succeeded by
Quintus Caecilius Metellus Balearicus
L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi