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Elagabalus deliberately offended Roman moral and religious principles, setting up a conical black stone fetish — a symbol of the sun god Sol Invictus Elagabalus — on the Palatine Hill and marrying the chief vestal, for which, under normal circumstances, she should have been put to death. Buffer states and diplomacy kept the frontiers safe. For every great leader, such as Augustus , there was a tyrant like Caligula. Historians customarily assign them the title "Holy Roman Emperor", which has a basis in actual historical usage, and treat their " Holy Roman Empire " as a separate institution. Between and over a dozen emperors achieved the purple, but only Valerian and Carus managed to secure their own sons' succession to the throne; both dynasties died out within two generations. He later took the role of censor. She has a master's degree in linguistics and is a former Latin teacher. When a co-emperor retired as Diocletian and his co-emperor Maximian did in or died, a junior "Caesar" would succeed him and the co-emperors would appoint new Caesars as needed.

In the West, the office of emperor soon degenerated into being little more than a puppet of a succession of Germanic tribal kingsuntil finally the Heruli Odoacer simply overthrew the child-emperor Romulus Augustulus inshipped the imperial regalia to the Emperor Zeno in Constantinople and became King of Italy.

He later took the role of censor.

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Under the Tetrarchy, Diocletian set in place a system of co-emperors, styled "Augustus", and junior emperors, styled "Caesar". The depraved behaviour of Roman emperors could fill several websites, but Marcus was moderate and forgiving in his personal life and as Emperor. He became consul in 13 BCE. They had also ceased to use Latin as the language of state after Emperor Heraclius d. Tiberius was not a monster in the mould of some of his successors, but he certainly set the tone for what was to come. These titles and offices conferred great personal prestige dignitas but the basis of an emperor's powers derived from his auctoritas : this assumed his greater powers of command imperium maius and tribunician power tribunicia potestas as personal qualities, separate from his public office. During that time, he conquered many lands increasing the wealth and size of the empire. But Caesar was not an emperor, he was the last leader of the Roman Republic, appointed permanent dictator. The coercion that frequently resulted was implied in this formulation.

He detailed the death of Caligula, but Barrett says his account is confused and riddled with mistakes. The overall unity of the Empire still required the highest investiture of power and status in one man.

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Aurelius was the last of the "Five Good Emperors". Main articles: Principate and Roman Emperor Principate The word princeps plural principesmeaning "first", was a republican term used to denote the leading citizen s of the state. He was praised for his mastery of the law and his fairness.

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It seems that from then on Octavian later the first emperor Augustus used imperator as a first name praenomen : Imperator Caesar not Caesar imperator. Bust of the Roman emperor Tiberius. Continue Reading. Where there were multiple claimants, and none were legitimate heirs, the claimant accepted by the Roman Senate as emperor is the legitimate emperor 3 , at least during the Principate. Historians customarily assign them the title "Holy Roman Emperor", which has a basis in actual historical usage, and treat their " Holy Roman Empire " as a separate institution. Unrest throughout the empire eventually led Nero to commit suicide himself on June 9, 68 in Rome. In the end it was his rather childish taunting of Cassius Chaerea, a member of the Praetorian guard, which brought Gaius down. Galba served in civil and military positions throughout the reigns of the Julio-Claudian emperors, but when he then governor of Hispania Tarraconensis became aware that Nero wanted him killed, he rebelled. In modern terms these early emperors would tend to be identified as chiefs of state.

The legal authority of the emperor derived from an extraordinary concentration of individual powers and offices that were extant in the Republic rather than from a new political office; emperors were regularly elected to the offices of consul and censor. After Otho's defeat at Bedriacum on April 14, it is thought that shame led Otho to plan his suicide.

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The first being consular imperium while he was in Rome, and imperium maius outside of Rome. So for instance, Aurelian , though acceding to the throne by usurpation, was the sole and undisputed monarch between and , and thus was a legitimate emperor. He could veto any act or proposal of any magistrate, including the tribunes of the people ius intercedendi or ius intercessionis. Where there were multiple claimants, and none were legitimate heirs, the claimant accepted by the Roman Senate as emperor is the legitimate emperor 3 , at least during the Principate. During the absence of his older brother in Italy , Constantine was regent in Constantinople from — First he threw barbarians from Italy and then Roman territory. An overhauled tax system paid for his new standing army and Praetorian Guard. For many, the sacrifices required to get the top job were enormous: Tiberius had to divorce the woman he loved for one he did not; Caligula saw most of his family executed or exiled; Claudius was betrayed and then poisoned by the women he loved. Claudius' son, born in 41, who had been named Tiberius Claudius Germanicus, was re-named Britannicus for this. Any individual who was nominated as heir or co-emperor by a legitimate emperor 1 , and who succeeded to rule in his own right, is a legitimate emperor 2. He was so important to Roman history that the age which he dominated is called by his title— the Augustan Age. Being pontifex maximus made the emperor the chief administrator of religious affairs, granting him the power to conduct all religious ceremonies, consecrate temples, control the Roman calendar adding or removing days as needed , appoint the vestal virgins and some flamens , lead the Collegium Pontificum , and summarize the dogma of the Roman religion.
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An Overview of the First 12 Roman Emperors