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Were Tribuni Militum First Elected in 362 or 311 BCE?

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Tribuni militum, junior officers in the Roman army, were originally selected by their commanders, but began to be elected by the people at some point prior to the second century BCE. Livy's notice of their first being elected in 362 is generally accepted, but his reference to elections is inseparable from his account of the early life of T. Manlius Torquatus. Livy's second notice concerning the election of tribunes, set in 311, rests on more a sound historical basis and allows us to appreciate better the position of tribune within the developing political culture of the Roman Republic.
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Keywords: ELECTIONS; LIVY; ROMAN ARMY; ROMAN REPUBLIC; TRIBUNES

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2016

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