Politics in Pompeii. Stage 11 Culture Notes. When? End of March. Key Terms. fautores. supporters. duoviri. (IIVIR). judged cases presented in basilica; two elected annually. aediles. (aed.). supervised the following; two elected annually. a) public markets.
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Stage 11 Culture Notes
judged cases presented in
basilica; two elected annually
supervised the following; two
a) public markets
d) places of entertainment
wore a toga whitened with chalk
candidus = white
election slogans painted on walls and houses
painted at night to avoid crowds or
opposing supporters (fautores)
agent who distributed bribes for
candidate; made promises on behalf
special officer appointed by
Emperor to run a town in the
event of problems
a group of supporters who live near
the permanent voting hall in foro
100 leading citizens – free males
new members chosen by council not elected by people
Financial bribery was illegal but widely practiced.
Legal forms of bribery included games and
25 years old or older
resident of city or surrounding area
wealthy – no salaries for holding office
high morals and strong character
duovir must be an aedile before becoming duovir
put on a splendid spectaculum in the theater
pay for construction or repairs of public
honor and fame
preferred seating in the theater
name inscribed on building
Caecilius was NOT a candidate
Pompeii could run its own affairs but
could come under Rome’s control if
it did not preserve law and order.
Voters: male citizens
Women could not cast a vote
but were active in local politics
Written on houses and business
Large red and black letters
Dots between letters
Painted by professional slogan
oro vos faciatis
I beg you to make
dignus rei publicae
a man worthy of the republic
“worthy of holding office”
rogat - asks
C GAVIUM RUFUM AED OVF GRANIS ROG
(there is no U in Latin - so V = U; there is no
J in Latin – so J = I)
Gaius Gavium Rufus (for) Aedile
I beg you elect (him) Granius asks this
Marcus Holconius Priscus for duovir
C IVLIVM POLYBIVM A E D O V F. PANEM BONVM FERT.
I ask you to elect Gaius Iulius Polybius.
He bakes good bread.
C GAVIVM IIVIR O V F D R P
VESONIVS PRIMVS ROG.
I ask you to elect Gaius Gavius Rufus
duovir. He is worthy of the Republic.
Vesonius Primus asks this.
M CERRINUM VATIAM AED. O.V.F. SERIBIBI UNIVERSI ROGANT. SCR. FLORUS CUM FRUCTO.
All the late-night drinkers ask you to vote for Marcus CerrinusVatia for aedile. Florus and Fructus wrote this.
VATIAM AED. FURUNCULI ROG.
The petty thieves support Vatia for aedile.
The garlic dealers ask that you support GnaeusHeviusSabinus for aedile.