Cursus honorum

From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is a stub and thus not approved.
Main Article
Talk
Related Articles  [?]
Bibliography  [?]
External Links  [?]
Citable Version  [?]
 
This editable Main Article is under development and not meant to be cited; by editing it you can help to improve it towards a future approved, citable version. These unapproved articles are subject to a disclaimer.

The cursus honorum (career of honor) was the political career in Ancient Rome. The highest office was that of consul. There were strict rules and conditions attached to becoming a magistrate. But as the name implies, the cursus honorum was meant to be honorable. Thus the magistrate had to pay all his costs during his term in office. A magistrate was of course a member of the senate.


The hierarchy is ranked from the lowest office to the highest:


1. Qaestor, minimum age 31. He has to collect money (quaerere means to seek, to collect) Number: 2 in the beginning, 20 in the late republic

2. Aedilus, minimum age 37. Public games, distribution of food, police, fireman

3. Praetor, minimum age 41. Judge and decides which cases are worth to do

4. Consul, minimum age 45. President of the senate, general

5. Roman Dictator: 6 months and rather exceptional was given lot of power