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quaestor

(kwĕs`tôr), Roman magistrate, with responsibility for the treasury; in early times a quaestor also had judicial powers. At first there were two quaestors. Sulla named 20, and Caesar set 40 as the number (45 B.C.), but Augustus reduced them to 20. Quaestors were in theory deputies for consuls, praetors, or proconsuls. A quaestorship was the first magistracy sought by an ambitious young man.
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It would also fit well with the rough date that has been established above for Murena's quaestorship.
In a forthcoming article I argue that the terminus non post quem for his quaestorship is 61, not 59: see "The Quaestorship of Favonius and the Tribunate of Metellus Scipio.
None of these men is mentioned after laying down the quaestorship.
Even if he had served out a quaestorship, which was not needed for a senatorial career prior to Sulla's leges Corneliae, his adlection to the senate would only officially have occurred at the termination of the censorship of P.