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The answer to the question of government was the Principate

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The answer to the question of government was the Principate, which emerged in the two  'settlements' of 27 and 23 BCE. Until 27, there was an annual consulship, which Octavian always  occupied. On January 13 of that year, He publicly resigned all of his provinces and powers in  front of the Senate, to which he restored these prerogatives. The senators protested, whereupon  Octavian agreed to undertake the government of the large provinces—the Gauls, Iberia and  Syria. The remaining regions would be administered by a Senatorial proconsul. At the same time,  the Senate continued to nominate Octavian as consul, and voted that he be given a new name— Augustus. An epithet of the gods, it means 'increase', or 'fiver of increase'. Legally, his title was  'Princeps'—the first citizen, and the Principate was the rule of the first citizen. Key to remember 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • traditional senatorial aristocracy., core Roman lands, military financial elites, best equites­ procurators, Senatorial proconsul.

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