One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘As an individual aged he could expect to hold increasingly senior posts: the quaestorship at twenty-seven, praetorship in his late thirties and the consulship at forty-two.’
- ‘Other magistracies, the aedileship and the tribunate of the plebs, might be held between quaestorship and praetorship, but were not obligatory.’
- ‘One of the greatest attractions of the praetorship and consulship was that they conferred imperium, which gave the bearer the right to command armies.’
- ‘After his praetorship he defeated Spartacus, but Pompey, after crucifying many fugitives, claimed credit for the victory, deeply offending Crassus.’
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