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Classical Studies
CLST 101
Christina Zaccagnino

Importance of Augustus: how his figure was able to change from a system to an empire  Carried out the supervision of laws and morals, held tribunicia potestas (power of a tribune)  During his rule, there were many young couples who didn't have children because she focused her lives on something else other than bearing children  Extended power on plebes, acted as tribune because he had tribunicia potestas  After Caesar imperium romanum began to mean Roman Empire  Some magistrates had imperium, some did not, this imperium started to have this new meaning of empire after Caesar  Magistrates in Rome, mentioned that there were also 3 kinds of assemblies within Rome, which were very important but they worked in a very different way from an Assembly, like the Ekklesia in Athens, and our modern assemblies  Cicero, On the Republic: what Cato says, constitution of city founded by laws and institutions of collective, not single individual  Roman citizens assembled and voted both for elections and passing laws, only magistrates with imperium has the right to deal with people  Rogatio: asking, then the decision made by people, will see how people voted in Assemblies  3 assemblies in Rome: Comitia centuriata, Comitia tributa, Concilium plebis  Comitia is a plural word, as it brings people together or whatever  All assemblies of the Republican period, know that there was an assembly during the monarchy, centuriata had more or less the same power as such assembly, Comititum: where assemblies were held and where they casted votes  Silver coins Comitia Centuriata: set up by Servius Tullius (6th century BCE), it originated by a meeting of the army. People were divided in centuriae the first 18 consisted of cavalry. Not all centuriae had the same number of people  193 centuriae each had one vote  18 centuriae Cavalry, 70 centuriae 1st property classes, 104 centuriae property classes 2-5, 1 centuria proletarii (proles: children) so poor that only property were children, didn't really belong in any class  Centuriae did not contain the
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