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Under the Roman republic, if both consuls died or left office without successors appointed, the ‘auspices reverted to the patrician senators’ (see auspicium), who selected one of their number as interrex. Interrēgēs, who were of patrician birth and usually ex‐consuls, held office in succession, each for five days, with consular powers. Their principal duty was to supervise the election of one or both new consuls.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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