Talk:Senatus consultum regarding age exemption for Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Postumianus MMDCCLIX (Nova Roma)
The Senate is empowered by the lex Vedia de magistratuum aetate to allow a citizen to stand for office before he reaches the minimum age stated in the lex Iunia de magistratuum aetate. This is the exemption granted here.
There is, however, a puzzle. The lex Vedia states:
- An exemption to this law may be granted to a person by the approval of both censors and a senatus consultum approved by a two-thirds majority vote.
A two-thirds majority at this meeting of the Senate would have been 17 votes. This proposal received only 14 votes, but it considered to have passed. Apparently a simple majority was considered sufficient. This may be an example of mos displacing lex. The validity of the senatus consultum does not appear to have been challenged.