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annales maximi

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A chronicle kept by the pontifex maximus. Under the republic the pontifex maximus used to keep an annual record, and to publish a version of it outside the Regia on a whitened board, which was probably repainted every year. The chronicle contained the names of magistrates, and apparently registered all kinds of public events. Although Porcius Cato (1) was irritated by its frequent references to food shortages and eclipses, it was an important source for the earliest Roman historians, who also adopted its plain style and perhaps also its chronicle form. The annales maximi continued to be compiled until the time of the Gracchi.

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