Acta Diurna: The First Roman Newspaper

According to Cicero, from the beginning of Roman history the Pontifex Maximus compiled on a white table the most important events that had occurred in Rome during the year, as well as the names of the consuls and other magistrates of the Republic, and placed it in a public place where everyone could read it.

These records were called Annales Maximi and were compiled annually until, for reasons that Cicero does not explain, they ceased to be made in the year 131 BC. From that year onwards the annals began to be compiled by writers like Cato, but privately.

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A Roman flower market. A painting by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836—1912)


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