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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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The author examines Tacitus' political thought through his ideas about liberty, focusing on his writings rather than biographical interpretation of his thought, to show that it is more radical than previously viewed and that it critiques the Roman Principate as a system that deprived its citizens of liberty, demonstrates the imperative to resist tyranny, and shows how to create a more just polity that was republican and not autocratic.
Thus, Flaig's model of the Roman Principate as an "Akzeptanzsystem" (system of acceptance) is presented as a new approach opposed to the constitutional view going back to Mommsen's "Staatsrecht"; see FLAIG 1992, p.
the Fezzan, which reached its height in the era of the Roman Principate,