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Magistrates-elect and their potestas contionandi in the Late Roman Republic

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The ancient sources mention speeches being delivered in the late Republic in contiones by both consuls-elect and tribunes of the plebs designate. It has usually been assumed that as magistrates-elect they did not have the right to summon a popular assembly. In this paper it is suggested that magistrates-designate – or at least some of them – had this privilege. This should be understood in the more general framework in which the designati played a political and institutional role during the late Republic.
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Keywords: CONSUL; CONTIO; MAGISTRATE-DESIGNATE; ORATORY; ROMAN REPUBLIC; TRIBUNE OF THE PLEBS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2016

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