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Casting a New Light on Pompeius' cura annonae*

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That Cn. Pompeius Magnus (cos. 70, II 55, III 52) was charged with the Roman cura annonae in September 57 is a fact quite well known to Roman historians and all interested in the history of the late Republic. Although Pompeius' grain commission in many respects represented a novel development, relatively few have bothered to study the fine detail of what happened to be the third and final extraordinary proconsulship of his remarkable career, signifying that several important questions remain largely unanswered 1 . After a brief discussion of the political context of the late summer of 57, this study therefore endeavours to cast a new light on his powers under the constitutive statute, the issue of the terminus of his tenure as superintendent of the grain supply, and its wider historical ramifications.
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Keywords: AUGUSTUS; CN. POMPEIUS MAGNUS; CONSULARE IMPERIUM; CURA ANNONAE; POMERIUM

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2020

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