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ambitus

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

‘going round’, is related to ambitiō, the pursuit of public office, but always, unlike ambitio, denotes reprehensible activity which has been declared illegal.

Specifically it...

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candidātus

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A candidate for a Roman magistracy. Officially named petitor (his rivals were therefore styled competitōrēs), he was called candidatus because he wore a whitened toga when greeting electors...

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Commentāriolum petitiōnis

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An essay in epistolary form, c.5,000 words, on the technique of electioneering, purporting to be addressed by Quintus Tullius Cicero to his brother Marcus Tullius Cicero 1 on the occasion...

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democracy

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A political system that allows the citizens to participate in political decision‐making, or to elect representatives to government bodies.

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Greek magistracy

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Magistracies (archai) in Greek states were the successors of the kingships, which rarely survived into the Classical period. The powers of a hereditary king came to be divided between a...

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lex

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Law.

(pl. lēgēs), primarily, a statute, passed by one of the assemblies of the Roman people; the lex Hortensia of 287 bc conferred the force of statute on measures passed by a meeting of the...

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praerogativa

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Was the centuria in the comitia centuriata of the Roman people which had the right of voting first. In early times the eighteen centuriae of the knights voted first en ...

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Roman bribery

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Latin ambitus, a ‘going round’, is related to ambitio, the pursuit of public office, but always, unlike ambitio, denotes reprehensible activity which has been declared illegal.

Spe...

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Roman clubs

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The Latin words corresponding most closely to the English ‘club’ are collēgium and sodālitas (see sodales). The former was the official title of the four great priestly colleges,...

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sortition

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Selection by lot, a method of appointing officials in Greek city‐states, esp. in democracies (see democracy, both entries). It was based on the idea of equality and reduced outside...

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