a1 University of Tasmani
It is my intention in the first section of this paper to examine the available evidence in order to determine the lengths of tenure of the ordinarii and known suffecti for the reigh of Nero. According to the latest published fasti, twentyeight ordinarii and some sixty suffecti are attested for the reign, although not all of the latter can be definitely placed in a particular year. It will prove most convenient for our investigation if, first of all the relevant evidence is set out in full.
1 I am grateful to Professor P. R. C. Weaver of the University of Tasmania for helpful discussion and valuable criticisms of the first draft of this paper. The following abbreviations have been used throughout:
A.F.A. = Acta Fratrum Arvalium quae supersunt, ed. Henzen.
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