Literally, "Course of Honors"
It was the path any Roman politician would have to take in his ascension to power. The cursus honorum
was composed of a sequence of magistracies
that politicians would have to hold, requiring that one magistracy
be held before another could. However, this was of course preceded by 10 years of military service
, for the Roman
s were extremely militaristic
During the Republic
, the cursus honorum
, from beginning to end, went like this :
Originally, the cursus honorum
was merely a socially-instituted law. In 180 B.C.E.
, however, it was officially instituted, requiring that any politician follow the sequence.