a form of government in which citizens elect representatives to speak or act on their behalf
(2)Conducted a census of citizens and property for taxes during an eighteen-month term. Appointed, disciplined, and expelled senators as needed.
(2)Convened and presided over the Senate and Assemblies. This office carried the greatest imperium or the right to preside over the army, carry out the law, and pass death sentences.
(8)Assumed the responsibilities of the consuls if they were absent from Rome. Acted as judges in a court of law or could appoint judges.
(4) Managed public games, buildings, religious festivals, and grain for the city. 2 aediles had to be plebeians.
(10) Protected the rights of the plebeians and were sacrosanct. Could veto any act of any magistrate in the name of protection.
(20) Supervised the treasury, helped with taxes, acted as paymasters for generals, or were assistants to govenors
Conflict of Orders
Plebs vs. Patricians; Plebs wanted representation and rights in the government; Office of tribune came out of this.
Severitas: strength of mind, the ability to stick to one's purpose despite the consequences.
Led Rome in times of crisis for a six-month term. This position was the only one that could not be vetoed by another office or assembly.
Every political position had at least 2 officers to avoid one man having ultimate power
The chair the two patrician aediles, consuls, praetors, and censors could sit on during senate meetings. Represented their imperium.
Bodyguard for magistrates with imperium (consuls, praetors, and censors). From Latin verb ligare = to bind.
Only consuls and praetors could become proconsuls or propraetors. This meant that they governed a Roman province when they finished their term.