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Lecture 7/8: THE ROMAN THEATER (see Lect. 7); THE ROMAN CONSTITUTION

I. The Roman Constitution: general characteristics: pragmatism and goodwill

II. Case in point: consul; veto; proconsul; imperium

III. The other magistrates; cursus honorum (cf. Kamm, pp. 13-16)

1. praetor; urbanus, peregrinus; edict
2. aedile
3. quaestor

IV. Further magistrates

1. tribune of the plebs; Hortensian Law of 287 B.C.; the Gracchi
2. censor
3. dictator; Cincinnatus (cf. Garry Wills' book Cincinnatus on George Washington)

V. Senate; Senatus Consultum (Ultimum); SPQR; auctoritas

VI. The assemblies

1. Electoral: Centuriate Assembly; 193 (later 373) 'centuries' arranged by 5 classes of wealth
2. Legislative: tribal assembly or concilium plebis; 35 units or 'tribes'; what to do about minorities?

VII. checks and balances: differences and similarities with U.S. Constitution

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