Catilinarians (Nova Roma)
[Catilinarians] was the tongue-in-cheek name of the mailing-list L Marius Fimbria set up for members of the so-called "Sullan faction" in L. Equitio Dec. Iunio cos. ‡ MMDCCLII a.u.c.. This faction was only a rumor and a running chatroom gag until certain magistrates, most notably tribunus plebis Avidius Tullius Callidus (who originated the rumor) and consul L Equitius Cincinnatus (who believed it), began behaving as if such a faction actually existed. The pressures brought to bear upon its supposed members led them to band together in fact. They became Nova Roma's first real "dissident wing".
They advocated, among other things, opening the principal magistracies to non-practitioners of the religio Romana; changing the magisterial oath of office to mandate respect for, but not necessarily worship of, the Roman gods; and expanding the Senate to include provincial governors and other diversifying elements. Their efforts made it possible for, most notably, Stephanus Ullerius Venator Piperbarbus, an Asatruar; M Minucius Audens, a Christian; and L Cornelius Sulla, a Jew, to rise to prominence and attain high office in the Republic. In light of later events, this last struck some former faction members as heavily ironic.
Charter members (subscribers)