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Cursus Honorum

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Peter Ammondson

on 1 December 2014

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Transcript of Cursus Honorum

Vigintivir or Military Tribune
A vigintivir was a young man of at least 18 that served on a panel of 20 men who dealt with road management and other legal duties. A military tribune, who was at least 20, would serve for about two or three years in a legion before moving on.
Quaestor
The next position you could run for was quaestor at age 25. The quaestor, or treasurer, supervised financial affairs for the state. Though the number of quaestors varied, their were usually about 20. Some collected or raises taxes and others secured recruits from conquered provinces.
Aedile
The aedile, or public works commissioner, served for two years after quaestor. The aedile, at least 27, dealt with the general care of the city, the provision markets, and had judicial power. For example controlling traffic, caring for streets and sewers, and repairing buildings were all part of his duty.
Consul
At the age of 32, a Roman official could run for consul. After being elected by the Senate, they served for only one year. Consuls commanded armies as well as looking over all the other officials. They also presided over the Senate and represented the state in foreign affairs.
Dictator
The dictator was a rare position in the Roman Empire. Appointed by a consul on the recommendation of the Senate, they usually were appointed during military cirises. The dictator held absolute power as commander-in-chief and held the position for six months or shorter.
Praetor
At the age of 30, you could run for the position of praetor. The praetor had judicial authority, organized the public games, and had executive power in the absence of the consul. The praetor adapted Roman law in the new conditions of the empire's state.
Cursus Honorum
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