Pompeii: history, life & afterlife by Ling Roger

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If a young man chose to enter the Senate, and the emperor felt that he was worthy, he would be given the right to wear the latus clavus, or broad stripe, with his toga, and would be expected to hold a preliminary position, one of a group of 20 minor officeholders on one of four boards. These included the board of three for overseeing the mint, the board of four for overseeing the streets of Rome, the board of ten for judging inheritance cases, or the board of three for overseeing executions. He might also be expected to serve as a military tribune (this seems certainly to have been the case prior to the mid-second century).

An early dalliance with fascism ended when Momigliano’s Jewish ancestry became known to the authorities (Bowersock 1991: 35). He was fired from his position at the University of Turin and sought refuge at Oxford in 1939, where he joined a remarkable community of exiles, and received assistance from, among others, Hugh Last, who appears to have seen Momigliano as a sort of antidote to Syme (Bowersock 1993: 548; Murray 1991: 52). Momigliano more than lived up to Last’s hopes, even though, for several decades, his seemed a lone voice crying in the wilderness.

Pliny is quite specific that Suetonius has married, but that he and his wife have been unable to have the requisite number of children.

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