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L’édilité de Cicéron

Abstract : Since the publication of L.R. Taylor’s article in 1939, there’s the idea that the edility Cicero exercised in 69 BC was a plebeian one. In 2Verr., 5, 14, 36-37, the orator mentions the games he would organize and the distinguishing feature he would enjoy. But some were those of the aediles plebis (as Cerealia, Floralia) while others where linked to the curule edility (Roman games of september, curule seat, right of image). If we examine all the testimonia on the question as well as the list of the several aediles Cicero cited by name, we must rather conclude that he was in charge of the curule edility, the only one which had some value in his eyes. This conclusion leads to two others : the aediles plebis and the aediles curules were never confused, even if their remit could sometimes be exchangeable ; furthermore, it is impossible to assign to Sulla a reform which would have bring together the two kinds of aediles and endow to the aediles plebis the same signs as those of the aediles curules.
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Anne Daguet-Gagey. L’édilité de Cicéron. Revue des études anciennes, 2013, 115 (1), pp.29-49. ⟨hal-03516965⟩



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