Senatus consultum de funere censorio Cn. Cornelii Lentuli Alexandri censoris et proconsulis
SENATUS CONSULTUM DE FUNERE CENSORIO CN. CORNELII LENTULI ALEXANDRI CENSORIS ET PROCONSULIS
Enacted on: a.d. VIII Id. Oct. Q. Arrio P. Annaeo cos. ‡ XXII ANRC et MMDCCLXXII AUC (In the year of the consulship of Q. Arrius and P. Annaeus, 13rd April, 22 ANRC / 2772 AUC / 2019 AD)
It was with great and overwhelming sadness that the Nova Roman senate and people learned of the death of our current censor Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander, proconsul cum maiore imperio over Britannia, Gallia, Germania, Thule, America Hispanica, America Mississippiensis, America Missuriensis, America Montana, America Nebrascensis, America Noveboracensis, America Oregonensis, America Transappalachiana, Carolina, Dacota, Georgia Florida, Minnesota, Nova Britannia Citerior, Nova Hispania, Argentina, Brasilia, Guria and Nipponia, consular senator, former interrex and rex sacrorum, pater patriae, who was saluted as imperator twice by the members of the reenactment legions committed to save the Nova Roman Republic from the hostile forces of Cn. Caesar and L. Sulla after the victory over Caesar and once again after the victory over Sulla, a patrician member of the equestrian order and reservist tribunus of the Legio XXI Rapax of Nova Roma, pater familias of pontifex Cn. Cornelius Lentulus, the Younger. He served as the first ever interrex of Nova Roma and rex sacrorum, under whose interim royal auspices the ritual founding of the Nova Roman people and its unification with the world's renascent Roman people inside and outside Nova Roma was completed, which was the most important event in the history of Roman revival since the founding of Nova Roma, and which closed our founding years, the long process of the foundational ritual actions and rites, and established the contract with the gods and the pax deorum Romanorum. This is his historical legacy and symbolic significance for Nova Roma and in the history of Roman revival, this is why he is saluted and celebrated as pater patriae alongside Cassius and Vedius, the founders of Nova Roma. Earth and Heavens mourn his departure and hail his ascendance to heaven among our great forefathers, as evidenced after his death, when a shining star, a comet appeared on the sky, and at the time of his mundane funeral, this sign was visible to the Nova Romans, and reported to the senate so that the people will always honor his name!
The Republic is in grief, and the senate is mourning the loss of their fellow senator, a friend to many, the illustrious Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander. Our respected Cn. Lentulus, The Elder was one of the most important and greatest men in the history of our res publica, a true Roman in character, a virtuous and exemplary man beloved by the people. All members of the senate extend their sincere and deeply felt condolences to the family and friends of censor and proconsul Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander, and to the entire citizenry of Nova Roma, for the loss of our excellent fellow citizen. His loss is felt even more tragically as he departed from us while holding the most respected office of censor, and as proconsul holding imperium over the provinces of Nova Roma, and we had great expectations that with the help of his son, Cn. Cornelius Lentulus the Younger, his quaestor and legatus, doing the actual organizational work he would be able to preside over a complete revitalization process of the inactive provinces of which he was appointed to govern nominally as a transitional solution. His ascension to our ancestors makes the senate and the people of Nova Roma feel miserable, however, at the same time, the senate and the people feel blessed that we could have our great father Cn. Lentulus the Elder with among us in Nova Roma for so long, and he could preside over the completion of the founding of the Nova Roman people and its unification with the renascent Roman people of the world, making Nova Roma the ritually and sacrally fully valid and legitimate heir of the old Roman people.
I. In order to honor the memory of the late illustrious Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander, to express gratitude for his many great contributions to Nova Roma, for his service of presiding over the completion of the founding of the Nova Roman people, the Quirites, and to pay homage to the greatness of his character and importance for Nova Roman history, the senate is hereby awarding and declaring a funus censorium state funeral to the censor and proconsul Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander imperator, vir consularis et censorius, as it is appropriate.
II. Further, the senate also authorizes a donation of an unspecified amount to the family of Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander toward the costs of the funeral in the name of the Nova Roman People, the Quirites. This unspecified donation shall count as if it were given from the Treasury of Nova Roma, but due to the current problems, this unspecified amount of money shall be raised by a fundraising managed by our consules. Recognizing that the actual funeral arranged by the family and the Hungarian Army has been already held on a.d. VIII Id. Quin. Q. Arrio (II) T. Domitio (III), 9th July, this funus censorium serves as our separate Roman funeral where the Nova Roman senate and people, the Quirites, will honor our most illustrious censor's ashes, part of which will be actually present and burned at the Roman ceremony, and it also supports his mundane funeral financially with this symbolic amount of donation.
III. The funus censorium of Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander imperator, censor and proconsul shall take place in a form of a funerary ritual and sacrifice conducted by one or both of the consuls, based on their agreement. The volunteering consul has the usual authorization to request one of the pontifices to perform the ritual in his place.
IV. The funus censorium ritual shall take place on the date appointed by the volunteering consul, and published in a consular edict on the funus censorium of censor Cn. Lentulus Alexander, proconsul. Before issuing the edict, the consul shall obtain an approval for the chosen day from a pontifex and an augur because of the calendrical complications of Roman religion. If the consul chooses to perform the ritual through the person of a pontifex, he has to arrange the date with the officiating pontifex before publishing the edict.
V. The senate, to further honor the memory of Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander, pater patriae, hereby officially declares a state mourning for the funeral of our censor Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander, which shall take place beginning from the day which precedes the funus censorium ritual, and shall last fifteen days.
VI. The fifteen days of the state mourning are declared Dies Nefasti Publici (NP), and, according to the Decretum Pontificum de Diebus III.A., no official state business, no judicial procedure, no comitia shall be held, no edicts shall be issued on these days.
VII. During this state mourning period, the main page of the Nova Roma website shall show nothing else but a tribute to censor and proconsul Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander imperator, pater patriae, his mourning portrait, black flags and similar symbols of grief, and other main portal pages of the website shall contain a black flag and reference to the mourning for Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander.
VIII. On each day of the state mourning period, the consuls shall take care that there be a daily public message on the official fora of Nova Roma calling the citizens' attention to the mourning and asking for prayers for Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander.
IX. The senate also instructs all aediles (curule and plebeian) collegially as a body to hold public funerary games in honor and in memory of our censor Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander, the proconsul, no later than within one month after the funus censorium, which can be held also under the state mourning. The memorial funerary games shall be called Ludi Cornelii (Cornelian Games), shall be held for 10 days, and shall include virtual or real munera gladiatoria and a biography contest about the life and Roman activities of censor and proconsul Cn. Lentulus. The rest of the programs is at the discretion of the curule and plebeian aediles.
X. The senate orders that a coin shall be officially issued by Nova Roma to remember Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Alexander.