Aediles (Nova Roma)

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Welcome to All Citizens of Nova Roma from the Aediles
Welcome to the portal page for all Aedile activities in Nova Roma. Here you can find information about the Ludi of this year, as well as Conventus Information, current and future Public Works Projects and more. Join one of our racing factios and gladiatorial schools today, and compete in our annual Ludi. We also have an international humanities competition for those who are more culturally-inclined. Learn more about aediles...


Current Aediles in Nova Roma

The current aediles are:

Aediles are magistrates charged with maintaining public services, protecting the public safety and overseeing marketplaces. Their most visible function, however, is in the staging of public games (ludi).

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 the aediles includes:

  • Organizing the Ludi: organizing and supervising our festivals and cultural events
  • Annual public religious celebrations
  • State properties maintenance: physical properties and online infrastructure, including all websites and forums of Nova Roma
  • Forums: ensuring public order and official policies on the official forums
  • Marketplace: regulating trade inside Nova Roma, our marketplace, which includes every venue where our official vendors are engaged in commerce within Nova Roma property.
  • Aedilician court: administering justice within their scope of supervision and authority
  • Aedilician Fund: a fund for financing Nova Roma specific projects, as approved by the Senate of Nova Roma.
  • Awards for exemplary activity in Nova Roma: a program to provide citizens with tangible rewards for active participation in events and projects within the res publica, including online activities, as well
  • Media Services: connecting Nova Romans through a variety of media platforms


The Greatest Ludi

Organized by curule aediles:

Organized by plebeian aediles:

(Note: Festival and Ludi Days to be determined by the Calendar)
Other Public Events in 2775 AUC


Aediles in Roma Antiqua

The name "aedile" is said to come from their having the care of the temple (aedes) of Ceres. The first aediles, created in 494 BC, were plebeian ones. 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 aediles curules, who were also two in number, were originally chosen only from the patricians, afterwards alternately from the patricians and the plebs, and at last indifferently from both (Liv. 7,1). The office of aediles curules was instituted B.C. 365, and, according to Livy on the occasion of the plebeian aediles refusing to consent to celebrate the ludi maximi for the space of four days instead of three; upon which a senatus consultum was passed, by which two aediles were to be chosen from the patricians. From this time four aediles, two plebeii and two curules, were annually elected (Liv. 6,42).

They had the general superintendence of buildings, both sacred and private: under this power they provided for the support and repair of temples, curiae etc, and took care that private buildings which were in a ruinous state were repaired by the owners, or pulled down. The superintendence over the supply and distribution of water at Rome was, at an early period, a matter of public administration: this was the duty of the censores; but when there were no censores, it was within the province of the aediles. The care of each particular source or supply was farmed to undertakers, and all that they did was subject to the approbation of the censors or the aediles (De Aquaeduct. Rom. lib. ii).

The care of the streets and pavements, with the cleansing and draining of the city, belonged to the aediles, and the care of the cloacae. They had the office of distributing corn among the plebs. The aediles had to see that the public lands were not improperly used, and that the pasture-grounds of the state were not trespassed on; and they had power to punish by fine any unlawful act in this respect. The fines were employed in paving roads, and in other public purposes.



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