Mudcat Café message #1053418 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #64299   Message #1053418
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
13-Nov-03 - 07:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: Modest Proposal to end the civil war
Subject: RE: BS: Modest Proposal to end the civil war
The Roman Empire was still formally a Republic. That's why the Emperor wasn't King , but instead had the neutral term "Imperator" which just means "Ruler". Much the same as calling him "President" really.

The job wasn't even hereditary, it just seemed that way, the same way it is getting to be in the USA. Typically an Emperor might adopt someone as his heir - not that different from the way a Vice-President is selected.