ARCHIVE 2007: Aediles Overview

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Overview of "Aediles"
Aediles are public magistrates charged with maintaining public services such as roads, water supply, public buildings. They also protect the public safety and oversee marketplaces. The most visible function, however, is in the staging of public games (ludi).
Aediles in Roma Antiqua

The name "aedile" is said to come from their having the care of the temple (aedes) of Ceres. There were originally two, called aediles plebeii. They were the assistants of the tribunes in such matters as the tribunes entrusted to them, including the hearing of causes of smaller importance.

The aedileship was created at the same time as that of the tribuni plebis, B.C. 494 BCE. Shortly thereafter (446 BCE), they were appointed the keepers of the senatus consulta. (Liv. iii.55) They were also the keepers of the plebiscita. Other functions were gradually entrusted to them, and it is not always easy to distinguish their duties from some of those which belong to the censors; nor to distinguish all the duties of the plebeian and curule aediles, after the establishment of the curule aedileship.

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Gaius Iulius Caesar
Gaius Iulius Caesar, when aedile in 65 BCE, borrowed and spent large sums of money in order to present lavish games and win popular support.
Aediles in Nova Roma

There are in total four aediles, two "curule aediles" and two "plebeian aediles" in Nova Roma. They are elected each year and serve one year terms. All candidates must be assidui and additionally only plebeians may run for plebeian aedile.

The domain of authority of all aediles includes our Ludi (virtual games). Additionally, the curule aediles are responsible for care of the Macellum (marketplace) and the Magna Mater Project (see information below).

Offices of the Nova Roma Aediles

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Portal for 2761 a.U.c aediles activities in Nova Roma.
Magna Mater Project
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The ultimate goal of the Magna Mater Project is the restoration of the Palatine temple of Magna Mater.

Vide: the Magna Mater Project investors page


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