The Cursus Honorum : The Ranks Of Government Offices

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The Cursus Honorum The cursus honorum was the path that a Roman male would take through the ranks of government offices. The patrician male, who was a born in the upper class, would start as a quaestor, next curule aedile, then praetor, and finally consul. The plebeian male, who was born in the lower class, would start as a tribune, next plebeian aedile, then praetor, and finally consul. In times of emergency, a dictator was elected for six months with complete control of Rome. Each stage of the cursus honorum had many rules, from number of elected officials to the type of clothes they wore. The cursus honorum created a structured and regulated government, that helped led Rome to its greatness. The first step for the patrician male was the quaestor, which “administered finances of state treasury and served in various capacities in the provinces” (Roman Government). The role of the quaestor was to be in charge of the state treasury and how it was used throughout the armies and for state funding. They also served as aides to the consuls. In the beginning, the quaestor consisted of only two roles, but by the time of Julius Caesar, it had expanded into 40 positions. The age requirement varied, because it was changed often, but it was around twenty-two to thirty years old. The quaestors were elected by the comitia tribute, but Augustus moved this responsibility onto the Senate during his reign. Once elected, all quaestors were entitled to membership in the Senate. The
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