History : Mar-Apr 2018
The fruit vendors and Helvius Vestalis unanimously propose Marcus Holconius Priscus as duumvir with judicial power. M. Holconium Priscum IIvirum iure dicundo pomari universi cum Helvio Vestale rogant I urge you to make Aulus Vettius Firmus aedile, a man worthy of the republic. Ball players do it. Aulum Vettium Firmum aedilem oro vos faciatis, dignum rei publicae oro vos faciatis. Pilicrepi facite I urge you to make Sallustium Capitonem aedile. Tavern keepers do it. Sallustium Capitonem aedilem oro vos faciatis. caupones, facite Nobody could be elected aedile or duumvir without the express support of the city’s as- sociations and clubs. Many election posters show the key role played by these groups, whether professional, social, or even sporting. Cneum Helvium Sabinum aedilem pistores rogant et cupiunt cum vicinis The millers ask for and desire Gneus Helvius Sabinus as aedile, together with his neighbors. BRIDGEMAN/ACI KEY ENDORSEMENTS “Gaius Julius Polybius for duumvir with judicial power, worthy of public office” ABOVE, FIRST-CENTURY A.D. ENDORSEMENT IN VIA DELL’ABBONDANZA, POMPEII GOOD SPORTS Praise of a candidate’s worthiness abounded in Pompeii’s political ads. Examples of actual deeds are much less common. Inscriptions related to sporting fixtures, however, reveal how politicians but- tered up the electorate with games and spectacles. Marcus Casellius, a good aedile and great games-giver Marcum Casellium Marcellum aedilem bonum et munerarium magnum A. Suetti Certi aedilis familia gladiatoria pugnabit Pompeis pridie Kalendas Iunias; venatio et vela erunt The gladiators of the aedile Aulius Suettius Certus will fight at Pompeii, May 31. There will be a hunt, and awnings will be provided.