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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a state ruled by a prince
2. (Historical Terms) a form of rule in the early Roman Empire in which some republican forms survived


(ˈprɪn səˌpeɪt)

1. supreme power or office.
2. the form of government of the early Roman Empire, under which some of the outward forms of the Republic were maintained.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin prīncipātus=prīncip- (see prince) + -ātus -ate3]
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Limbaj si drept In Principate pAna la 1866, Bucharest: Nemira Publishing.
Legalism arose in Republican Rome and remained the predominant legal order in the last centuries of the Republic (450 BC--27 BC) and the early Principate (27 BC--284 AD).
The republic lived on, albeit in a new phase, the Principate, in place of the earlier Consulate.
In the Histories he called Venice "a republic that, through its institutions and its power, must be celebrated above every other principate in Italy" (1.
1990), Between Republic and Empire: Interpretations of Augustus and His Principate, Berkeley.
He presents examples from the period from 70 BC to AD 200 and beyond that shows the changes in the exercise of civic patronage as Rome emerged from the civil wars of the Late Republic and became a Principate.
It was this Principate," Sherrard declared, "with the authority attached to it, that the pope was claiming on the grounds that the Roman church alone was the apostolica sedes.
Doyle calls this sensitive point the "Augustan threshold," referring to the deep and momentous reforms that emperor Augustus undertook, paving the way from the Roman Republic to the Principate.
Roman Military Service: Ideologies of Discipline in the Late Republic and the Early Principate.
11) Because of the size of the army, the imperial governors had to be politically reliable, members of the aristocracy of the Principate.
a progenitor is not sufficient for founding a principate with perfect
Writers look specifically at three periods: the Republic, the Principate and the late Roman world.