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aediles

aediles  

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Either of two (later four) Roman magistrates responsible for public buildings and originally also for the public games and the supply of corn to the city. The word comes (in the mid 16th century) ...
cursus honorum

cursus honorum  

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The name given to the ladder of (annual) offices that would-be Roman politicians had to climb. After a prescribed period of military service (though this requirement lapsed in the very late ...
imagines

imagines  

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Wax portrait‐masks of Romans who had held the higher magistracies (see magistracy, roman), were prominently displayed in the family mansion (see houses, italian), with lines of descent and ...
instauratio

instauratio  

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When a religious ceremony was interrupted or wrongly performed (vitium) it had to be repeated from the beginning. We hear particularly of instauratio of games (ludi) and the Latin Festival ...
intercessiō

intercessiō  

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‘interposition’, was the right of one Roman magistrate (see magistracy, roman) to veto the activity of another magistrate of equal or lesser authority. The possibility arose because magistrates were ...
lex curiata

lex curiata  

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In the late republic a law carried through the curiate assembly (represented by 30 lictors) was deemed necessary to the full legitimacy of those holding the upper, and perhaps also ...
Licinius Stolo, Gaius

Licinius Stolo, Gaius  

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(RE 161) and, (RE 36)were reputedly plebeian tribunes (see tribuni plebis) from 376 to 367 bc and proposed: (1) the reservation of one consulship each year to ...
Ovinius

Ovinius  

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(RE 1)Pompeius Festus 290 Lindsay records the bill of a tribune (see tribuni plebis) Ovinius which provided that the censors should enrol in the senate optimum quemque (‘the best ...
politics

politics  

Social relations that involve authority or power; the science and methods of government. See also environmental politics.
proconsul

proconsul  

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A governor of a province in ancient Rome, having much of the authority of a consul.In 1933, the name Proconsul was given to a fossil hominoid primate found in Lower Miocene deposits in East Africa, ...
provincia/province

provincia/province  

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1 The basic meaning of provincia is the sphere in which a magistrate (perhaps originally a magistrate with imperium) is to function. See magistracy, roman. By the 3rd cent. bc, the two consuls ...
prōvocātiō

prōvocātiō  

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Was an appeal made to the Roman people against the action of a magistrate (see magistracy, roman), whether the latter was employing summary coercion (coercitio) on the appellant or presiding over a ...
sella curūlis

sella curūlis  

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(‘curule chair’) was an ivory folding seat, without back or arms, used by the higher Roman magistrates (hence the title ‘curule’ magistrates; see magistracy, roman). The name was derived from the ...
suffect

suffect  

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suffectio was the procedure by which a substitute or suffect (suffectus) was appointed whenever a Roman magistrate (see magistracy, Roman) resigned or died in office. It was employed to fill ...
viātōrēs

viātōrēs  

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Were attendants on magistrates, one of whose main functions was to summon persons to the magistrate's presence. Thus they might be used to call senators to a meeting from their country seats. ...
Villius, Lūcius

Villius, Lūcius  

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Tribune of the plebs in 180 bc (see tribuni plebis), passed the first law to stipulate minimum ages for tenure of each (curule) magistracy (42 for the consulship); see magistracy, roman. This law may ...

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