What Were the Designations of the Ancient Roman Magistrates?


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The magistrates of the Ancient Roman Empire were the consuls, praetors, censors, aediles, tribunes and quaestors. The magistrates comprised the elected officials of the Roman Republic.

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The magistrates were chosen by different assemblies to rule for a period of 1 year without the prospect of being re-elected. The consuls were the highest officials in the government. They created and implemented the laws, presided over the Senate and controlled the military. The praetors served as the judges, while the censors supervised population polls and tax-related matters. The aediles managed public works and highways and the city's aqueducts. The tribunes represented the average Roman citizens and had the power to veto administrative acts, while the quaestors were the finance officers.

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