Roman emperor

The borders were restored and strengthened. He was shipwrecked along the way, and had to cross enemy territory to reach his great-uncle—an act that impressed Caesar enough to name Octavius his heir and successor in his will.

It has often been supposed that Constantine's profession of Christianity was a matter of political expediency more than of religious conviction; upon closer examination this view cannot be sustained. Later emperors were distinguished by wearing togae purpurae, purple togas; hence the phrase "to don the purple" for the assumption of Roman emperor dignity.

Throughout, Constantine had no doubt that to remove error and to propagate the true religion were both his personal duty and a proper use of the imperial position.

Nervawho replaced the last Flavian emperor, Vespasian's son Domitianin 96, was elderly and childless, and chose therefore to adopt an heir, Trajanfrom outside his family. For other individuals claiming the title of Emperor, see List of Roman usurpers.

The provinces also were apportioned among twelve "dioceses," each under a "vicar," and later also among four "prefectures," each under a "praetorian prefect. Though during his own lifetime Odoacer maintained the legal fiction that he was actually ruling Italy as the viceroy of Zeno, historians mark as the traditional date of the fall of the Roman Empire in the West.

Please try again later. Constantine's own dynasty was also soon swallowed up in civil war and court intrigue until it was replaced, briefly, by Julian the Apostate 's general Jovian and then, more permanently, by Valentinian I and the dynasty he founded in Licinius eventually captured her and had her put to death ca.

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Roman emperors

The coercion that frequently resulted was Roman emperor in this formulation. The "Illyrian emperors" is the name given to the Roman emperors who governed the Roman Empire between and All his successors bore only a title of "Elected Roman Emperor".

So may be judged the further development, taking place in his reign, of the administrative court hierarchy and an increasing reliance upon a mobile field army, to what was considered the detriment of frontier garrisons. Aurelian fought against the last of the Gallic emperors.

Also, Imperium Maius granted the emperor the right to veto the governors of the provinces and even the reigning consul while in the provinces. These divisions were further subdivided into new or reformed provinces, administered by a complex, hierarchic bureaucracy of unprecedented size and scope.

War erupted again in In the Augustan Principate, there had been no constitutional method for choosing new emperors. A real innovation, from which Constantine could expect little popularity, was his institution of a new tax, the collatio lustralis.

Constantine refused this offer. Diocletian finally accepted the ruin of the money economy and revised the tax system so that it was based on payments in kind. While inside the walls of Rome, the reigning consuls and the emperor held equal authority, each being able to veto each other's proposals and acts, with the emperor holding all of the consul's powers.

Profile of a City, PrincetonChapters 23 rows · The Roman Emperors were rulers of the Roman Empire, wielding power over its citizens.

Roman emperor

As the Roman Empire grew, army generals threatened to take power away from the Senate. In 45 BCE, Julius Caesar took control of Rome. Later, his adopted son, Augustus, became the first emperor.

The period of the Roman Republic lasted BC – 27 BC, ending with death of Julius Caesar, the Dictator *** The first Roman Emperor was Augustus Caesar and his marked the beginning of the Roman Empire from 27 BC - AD *** In the Roman Empire was split in half by Diocletian - The Western Roman Empire and the other half became known as the Eastern Roman Empire or the Byzantine.

The Roman Emperor was the ruler of the Roman Empire during the imperial period (starting in 27 BC). The emperors used a variety of different titles throughout history.

Often when a given Roman is described as becoming "emperor" in English, it reflects his taking of the title Augustus or Caesar. In contrast, the Roman Empire was different, for it didn’t have a king; it had an emperor, and one must search both the Roman Republic and the Empire, almost one thousand years of history, to discover the reasons for the difference.

Diocletian: Diocletian, Roman emperor (– ce), who restored efficient government to the empire after the near anarchy of the 3rd century. His reorganization of the fiscal, administrative, and military machinery of the empire laid the foundation for the Byzantine Empire in the East and temporarily shored.

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