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equites    -  Knights-turned middling entrepreneurs from the provincial Italian towns with  economic interests in Rome. Cultivated by Emperors as a counterweight in the imperial  administration to senators, who saw them as a distinct class. Were co-opted into Senate, over  time replacing most patricians.  Proconsul   -  Post given to consuls after their year of tenure. Was a provincial military leadership  assignment, its appointment came into hands of emperors as early as Augustus.  Praetorian Prefect   -  Head of the Praetorian Guard, the palace guard of the Emperor and his  possessions. Became king-makers at times of socio-political instability. An Augustinian  innovation.  Alimenta   -  Nerva's loans to small agriculturalists, the proceeds of which went to help the fisci  of Italian and Gaulic towns. Continued by Trajan.  Aelia Capitolina   -  Trajan's idea to rebuild and repopulate Palestine with a non-Jewish, Roman 
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