6 - Howtobeanemperor LegaldefinitionsoftheEmperorspower...

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How to be an emperor 06/11/2007 14:36:00 Legal definitions of the Emperor’s power Lex de imperio vespasiani     = ‘law concerning the power of vespasian’  passed  in 69/70 AD o This basically gave the emperor carte blanche The jurist Ulpian: (when asked to define the power of an emperor) princeps   supra legimus eps = the emperor is above the law, does whatever he wants Dependence on Armed Force Generally conceived that without this, an emperor’s reign would not last very  long The regular army Personal body guard (1000 men): typically foreigners who didn’t speak latin,  so had no ties to anyone in the city gov’t Personal horse guard: equites singulars Augusti (1000 men): quick getaways,  mobile force Praetorian guard (9 cohorts, later 10: shorter length of service, higher pay,  higher retirement benefits):military force of the city of Rome Urban cohorts (4 cohorts in the city of Rome): kept law and order in the city,  added to emperor’s power in the city
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