Augustus and the Equestrians

Qualifications, Reorganisation

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  • Free birth
  • 400,000 sesterces
  • Military service
  • Controlled by Augustus
  • Aug, could expel unworthy members
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Augustus wished to prevent clashes with the Senatorial class, found new positions which wouldn't clash

Filled the class with able individuals from successful lower classes such as veteran centurions

Admin shared by Aug. and senate, gives to Equestrians as senators could not be seen as subservient to Aug.

Revived link between class and military, revived annual parade (republican tradition)

Emphasised men in this class needed military experience

Given a narrow purple stripe on toga

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Suetonius is our main source

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