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The Drafting Committee of the SC de Ludis Saecularibus of 17 February 17 BCE and the Principle of Seniority-based Hierarchy in Official Documents

The Drafting Committee of the SC de Ludis Saecularibus of 17 February 17 BCE and the Principle of... SummaryThe fragmentary inscription on the ludi saeculares contains mention of two senatus consulta of year 17 BCE. This paper gives new arguments for identifying the five known consulars heading the drafting commission of the senatus consultum of 17 February: M. Iunius Silanus (cos. 25), Cn. Cornelius Lentulus (cos. 18), L. Marcius Censorinus (cos. 39), C. Asinius Pollio (cos. 40) and L. Vinicius (cos. suff. 33). This list challenges the accepted notion that senators named as members of the drafting commissions of senatus consulta (and other official documents) were always arranged according to their seniority (i.e., who had held a given office earliest). Such an open new approach could question or even significantly alter the chronology of Roman magistracies that has been accepted on the basis of seniority hierarchy so far. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Klio de Gruyter

The Drafting Committee of the SC de Ludis Saecularibus of 17 February 17 BCE and the Principle of Seniority-based Hierarchy in Official Documents

Klio , Volume 104 (1): 19 – Jun 1, 2022

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de Gruyter
Copyright
© 2022 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
ISSN
2192-7669
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2192-7669
DOI
10.1515/klio-2021-0026
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Abstract

SummaryThe fragmentary inscription on the ludi saeculares contains mention of two senatus consulta of year 17 BCE. This paper gives new arguments for identifying the five known consulars heading the drafting commission of the senatus consultum of 17 February: M. Iunius Silanus (cos. 25), Cn. Cornelius Lentulus (cos. 18), L. Marcius Censorinus (cos. 39), C. Asinius Pollio (cos. 40) and L. Vinicius (cos. suff. 33). This list challenges the accepted notion that senators named as members of the drafting commissions of senatus consulta (and other official documents) were always arranged according to their seniority (i.e., who had held a given office earliest). Such an open new approach could question or even significantly alter the chronology of Roman magistracies that has been accepted on the basis of seniority hierarchy so far.

Journal

Kliode Gruyter

Published: Jun 1, 2022

Keywords: ludi saeculares; senatus consultum; Commission for Drafting; senatus consulta; Seniority in Holding Office

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