Aedile was an office of the Roman Republic. Based in Rome, the Aediles were responsible for maintenance of public buildings and regulation of public festivals. They also had powers to enforce public order. Half of the Aediles were from the ranks of plebeians and half were patricians. The latter were called Curule Aediles and they were considered as curule magistrates.
The office was generally held by young men intending to follow the cursus honorum to high political office. However it was not a legal part of the cursus, merely an advantageous starting point which demonstrated the aspiring politician's commitment to public service.