These were greater advantages than the exclusive patrician possession of the offices of interrex, rex sacrorum and the higher flamens.
The Catuli and Metelli, among the proudest nobles of Rome, were plebeians, and as such could not have been chosen to the purely patrician office of interrex, or of Jupiter.
In 2 9 8 he was interrex; in 296, as consul, he led the army in Samnium, and although, with his colleague, he gained a victory over the Etruscans and Samnites, he does not seem to have specially distinguished himself as a soldier (Livy x.
60), Spurius Lucretius held the comitia as interrex, and from that time down to the Second Punic War such officers were from time to time appointed.
Thenceforward there is no record of the office till 82 B.C., when the senate appointed an interrex to hold the comitia which made yh, Sulla dictator (Appian, Bell.
Finally, the people elected to every magistracy with the exception of the occasional offices of Dictator and Interrex.
The second class, referred to in inscriptions by the name of praefecti ab decurionibus creati lege Petronia, seem to have been appointed by the local senate in case of a complete absence of higher magistrates, such as would have led in Rome to the appointment of an interrex.