18 Facts About Roman emperor


Roman emperor was the ruler of the Roman Empire during the imperial period .

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Legitimacy of an Roman emperor's rule depended on his control of the army and recognition by the Senate; an Roman emperor would normally be proclaimed by his troops, or invested with imperial titles by the Senate, or both.

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The Western Roman emperor Empire collapsed in the late 5th century after multiple invasions of imperial territory by Germanic barbarian tribes.

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Conversely, the majority of Roman writers, including Josephus, Pliny the Younger, Suetonius and Appian, as well as most of the ordinary people of the Empire, thought of Julius Caesar as the first Emperor.

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Roman emperor gained these positions by senatorial consent and just prior to his assassination, was the most powerful man in the Roman world.

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Roman emperor's "restoration" of powers to the Senate and the people of Rome was a demonstration of his and pious respect for tradition.

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Every Roman emperor held the latter office and title until Gratian surrendered it in AD 382 to Pope Siricius; it eventually became an auxiliary honor of the Bishop of Rome.

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Roman emperor had the right to enact or revoke sentences of capital punishment, was owed the obedience of private citizens and by the terms of the ius auxiliandi could save any plebeian from any patrician magistrate's decision.

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At some points in the Empire's history, the Roman emperor's power was nominal; powerful praetorian prefects, masters of the soldiers and on a few occasions, other members of the Imperial household including Imperial mothers and grandmothers were the true source of power.

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The Roman emperor's tribuneship granted him the right to convene the Senate at his will and lay proposals before it, as well as the ability to veto any act or proposal by any magistrate, including the actual tribune of the plebeians.

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Roman emperor never visited the city of Rome during his reign, which marks the beginning of a series of "barracks emperors" who came from the army.

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Roman emperor kept the East for himself and founded his city of Constantinople as its new capital.

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Roman emperor outlawed paganism and made Christianity the Empire's official religion.

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Roman emperor was the last emperor to rule over a united Roman Empire; the distribution of the East to his son Arcadius and the West to his son Honorius after his death in 395 represented a permanent division.

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Roman emperor'storians have customarily treated the state of these later Eastern emperors under the name "Byzantine Empire".

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Roman emperor spent most of his childhood in Constantinople under the supervision of his parents.

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Roman emperor emulated himself on Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great, at one point visited the city of Troy to see the graves of the mythological Greek heroes Achilles and Ajax, and kept a copy of the Iliad in his personal library.

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The assumption of the heritage of the Roman emperor Empire led the Ottoman sultans to claim to be universal monarchs, the rightful rulers of the entire world.

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