A History of the Roman Empire from its Foundation to the by J.B. Bury

By J.B. Bury

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37 which he inherited (jpatrimonium} or acquired as a private citizen But at first the latter \vas kept apart from the (res privata). fiscus, which belonged to him in his political capacity. His personal property, however, soon became looked upon, not indeed as fiscal, but as in a certain sense imperial (crown-property, as we should say), and devolving by right on his successor. rarium was called upon to defray under the Priucipate were chiefly (1) public religious worship, (2) public festivals, (3) maintenance of public buildings, (4) occasional erection of new buildings, and (5) construction of public roads in Rome and Italy, to which, however, the fisc also conIndeed it is impossible to distinguish accurately the tributed.

But the political difference which set the Princeps above all his fellow- citizens could not fail to have its social consequences, however much Augustus wished to seem a peer among peers. " From this he selected his comites or "companions," the retinue which accompanied him when he travelled in the provinces. The amid were expected to attend the morning receptions, and were greeted with a kiss. They wore a ring with the image of the Emperor. They were received in some order of precedence; and gradually circle they came to be divided into classes, according to their intimacy with the Emperor and admission into the circle of amid became ; a formal act.

The Princeps ; has no maius imperium over them, as he has over the proconsul dictator abroad. His power is only co-ordinate, but on the other hand it is quite independent. The dignity of the consulate was maintained, and it was still a coveted post. Indeed new, though reflected, lustre seemed to be shed on the supreme magistracy by the fact that it was the only magistracy which the Princeps deigned occasionally to hold himself. To be the Emperor's colleague was a great distinction indeed. The consuls still gave their name to the year of their office, and they retained the right of conducting and controlling the elections in It has already been mentioned that a new the popular assemblies.

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