Marcus Octavius Gracchus (Nova Roma)

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Marcus Octavius Gracchus is a Senator and Consular of Nova Roma. For over eight years, he was known as Marcus Octavius Germanicus, changing his cognomen a.d. VI Kal. Oct. C. Buteone Po. Minucia cos. MMDCCLIX a.u.c. to the more appropriate Gracchus.

M. Octavius was one of the first persons to join Nova Roma after its founding in MMDCCLI, making him one of the original Patrician Patresfamilias.

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Marcus Octavius Gracchus

Biography

Early Involvement

Though he joined Nova Roma at its inception, Octavius was not immediately active, largely due to an outside project. In early Q. Maximo M. Minucio cos. MMDCCLIII a.u.c., however, he began to participate in the mailing list, and thinking of ways to improve the web site. At about this time, Consul Quintus Fabius Maximus posted to the main list [1] a request for candidates to fill several vacancies: a new Censor was needed due to a resignation, as were two Curule Aediles as these positions had been vacant since the last year's general election.

Octavius saw the Aedileship as an ideal position from which to implement his ideas for transforming the web site. He declared his candidacy for Curule Aedile the same day, prid. Non. Apr. [2], and soon after published a detailed plan of improvements. When the election results were posted, Octavius had been elected Curule Aedile Maior, 26 tribes to 18.

He immediately began working closely with both Censores. Until this point, the citizen records had been kept in the form of a Microsoft Access file, supplemented with paper printouts of incoming requests for citizenship; these would be mailed between the two Censores each month as they rotated active duty. Octavius imported this data into a PostgreSQL database and built a web-based tool to edit it. Upon receiving the Censores' and Consules' approval, he transferred the novaroma.org domain and web site to his own server, where it remains to this day.

Senator

Only six months after becoming active as Aedile, Octavius was nominated to the Senate by unanimous vote of the Senate, and adlected by the two Censores. He turned his attention first to the upcoming elections, rewriting the voting software, and pledging to run for no office except Magister Araneum (where there was no opposition) to avoid the appearance of impropriety. In December, he was also approved by the Senate as Propraetor Provincia Lacus Magni, a position that had been vacant since the resignation of Gaius Drusus Domitianus eighteen months before.

During the year Fl. Vedio (II) M. Cassio (II) cos. MMDCCLIV a.u.c., Octavius maintained a highly visible presence on the main list and in the debate over the so-called "Gender edict", clashing often with Marcus Apollonius Formosanus. He continued to make improvements to the web site, in particular, the Album Civium.

At the end of Fl. Vedio (II) M. Cassio (II) cos. MMDCCLIV a.u.c., Octavius announced his intention to stand for Consul. The only other candidate was Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, who was then finishing a two-year term as Censor. The election was very close, with Octavius receiving only one more vote than Cornelius; he learned of this result while staying at the house of Stephanus Ullerius Venator Piperbarbus.

Consulship MMDCCLV

First Censorship MMDCCLVI-MMDCCLVII

Second Censorship MMDCCLIX-MMDCCLX

Cursus Honorum

C. Buteone Po. Minucia cos. MMDCCLIX a.u.c.
Cn. Salice Cn. Equitio cos. MMDCCLVII a.u.c.
K. Fabio T. Labieno cos. MMDCCLVI a.u.c.
M. Octavio L. Sulla (II) cos. MMDCCLV a.u.c.
from Q. Maximo M. Minucio cos. MMDCCLIII a.u.c.
Fl. Vedio (II) M. Cassio (II) cos. MMDCCLIV a.u.c.
Q. Maximo M. Minucio cos. MMDCCLIII a.u.c.


Other Posts

Cn. Salice Cn. Equitio cos. MMDCCLVII a.u.c.
M. Octavio L. Sulla (II) cos. MMDCCLV a.u.c.
Fl. Vedio (II) M. Cassio (II) cos. MMDCCLIV a.u.c.
C. Buteone Po. Minucia cos. MMDCCLIX a.u.c.
C. Buteone Po. Minucia cos. MMDCCLIX a.u.c.
Fr. Apulo C. Laenate cos. MMDCCLVIII a.u.c.
K. Fabio T. Labieno cos. MMDCCLVI a.u.c.
Fl. Vedio (II) M. Cassio (II) cos. MMDCCLIV a.u.c.
Q. Maximo M. Minucio cos. MMDCCLIII a.u.c.
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