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I apologise if this is too basic a question, but Wikipedia seems to contradict itself! It says here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaestor that a Quaestor was entitled to one lictor and one fasces, but here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cursus_honorum it says they wore the toga praetexta but had neither lictors nor fasces.

As far as I can see, quaestors were more senior civil servants that magistrates; they did not possess imperium, so why would they have the lictors/fasces?

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    As far as I know, they didn't have any. – Oldcat Nov 3 '15 at 23:51
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    By the way, the Quaestors were definitely magistrates, even though they did not possess imperium. – Laveran Nov 4 '15 at 10:33
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    @TheHonRose In ancient Rome, the magistrates were not necessarily involved in the judicial system. What they did (finances, justice, public buildings, military command...) matters little, actually. A civil servant would have been hired by the state (rare until the Empire), whereas a magistrate was elected by the people or appointed by the senate. They could have no imperium, but still use their potestas. You might want to see Mommsen "Roman Constitutional Law" for a theoretical analysis of the meaning of magistrates in ancient Rome. – Laveran Nov 4 '15 at 16:08
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    @TheHonRose In early republic quaestors were connected with criminal proceedings (Livius II, 41, 11). – Matt Nov 4 '15 at 16:14
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    It seems this still hasn't been corrected, because I just came here to ask the same question! – Era May 27 '18 at 22:18
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Quaestors had neither lictors nor fasces.

Originally quaestors, as the name shows, were a kind of "investigators". But the right to fasces signified a right of deciding life and death, which was only appliable to praetors (i.e. "judges") and higher magistrates, i.e. consuls and dictators.

Also, on the matter of lictors, we perfectly know that even aediles plebis had no right to lictors, and only aediles curules had two lictors (without fasces!). As quaestors had lower rank compared to aediles, then they obviously had no lictors at all.

  • Thanks, that was my suspicion, but in one of the Wikipedia articles it says they were entitled to ONE lictor/fasces, which, without imperium, makes no sense. – TheHonRose Nov 4 '15 at 9:57
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    @TheHonRose Seems that only English Wiki says so. Unfortunately, they didn't provide any reference. – Matt Nov 4 '15 at 10:32
  • Yes, I know, and as the two articles reference each other, it's doubly confusing! – TheHonRose Nov 4 '15 at 15:22

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