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Tablet of Lex Cornelia

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Plaque with the Lex Cornelia Act
Tablet of Lex Cornelia

Bronze tablet containing the original text of the Lex Cornelia from 81 BCE from Sulla’s time, which increased the number of quaestors to 20. The object is located in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.

The object was found in Rome in the 16th century among the ruins of the Temple of Saturn at the foot of the Capitoline Hill. You can still see the nail holes on the tablet with which the board was attached to the wall.

Lex Cornelia was presented before comitia tributa and was mainly aimed at adapting the Roman administration to the expanding Roman territory. The quaestors were responsible for managing public finances and accompanied consuls during hostilities.

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