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Lecture 7

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Queen's University
Classical Studies
CLST 101
Christina Zaccagnino

Festivals- Floralia (in honour of Flora, goddess of nature, April 28-May 3)  the start of a Roman's political career, started off with minor tasks, show city their skills little by little, as well with festivals, how well they could take care of city  Religious festivals, beast hunts and games  Caesar's aedileship, took credit for all of this (Caesar) Censors: first appointed in 443 Bce, generally had already reached the consulship  There were 2, main duty was Census: register of people and property (censere: to assess)  Finished their office when their duty was completed (about 5 years) -- lustrum. sacrifice was the sign that their work had been completed  At the end of 1st century BCE, the office was limited to 18 months  They wore toga praetexta, sat on sella curulis: the same chair as the consuls, held auspicia  Supervised the morals of the community  If they noticed that someone behaved in an inappropriate way morally, they could write a kiind of report so these citizens were deprived the right to vote, for example. Understand that in some periods, could be a weapon the fact to supervise the morals of people, especially against a political adversary  Suouetaurilia: sacrifice of a bull, a sheep, and a pig, relief, start of 1 century BCE, dedicated to Mars, the god of war  Review the memebership of the Senate and summond people in Campus Martius in Rome, citizens were registered in tribes and centuriae: first military areas, later groups, group of 100  People and their property were listed, such as army, Cenuriae (groups of 100 men): comitia centuriata  Magistrates and armies were not paid in Rome  Review of equites (cavalrymen), should own at least _______________  204 BCE Censorship of Gaius Claudius Nero and Marcus Livius Salinator: besmirching each other's character  Give contracts for public works, erection and repair of public buildings  The money voted to them by the Senate and held by the quaestors  Publicanus: public contractors, some got contract because of friendship with magistrates
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