|Cicero rose to the consulship of the Roman Republic via the cursus honorum ("course of honors"). A young male patrician would first serve 2-3 years as an officer (military tribune) with a Roman legion. He could then seek election as a quaestor, with responsibility for Rome's treasury and public records. Then came service as an aedile, in charge of the public games in Rome. After that, he could serve as a praetor, or judge. Only after faithful service in the preceding offices, and after attaining the age of 42, could he seek election as one of two consuls, presiding for one year over the Roman Senate and commanding its legions. In the days of Empire, he could then serve as proconsul, governing a major foreign province and its armies.