A History of Rome through the Fifth Century: Volume II: The by Editor Jones A.H.M.

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The pestilence raged throughout Italy so that no one tilled the land, and I think that the same was the case in foreign parts. The Romans, therefore, reduced to dire straits by disease and by famine, thought that this had happened to them for no other reason than that they did not have Augustus for consul at this time also. They accordingly wished to elect him as dictator, and shutting the senate up in its hall they forced it to vote this measure by threatening to burn down the building. Next they took the twenty-four rods and accosted Augustus, begging him both to be named dictator and to become FOUNDATION OF THE PRINCIPATE commissioner of grain, as Pompey had once been.

These matters were so ordained at that time-or at least one CONSTITUTION OF THE PRINCIPATE 33 might say so. In reality Caesar himself was destined to hold absolute control of all of them for all time, because he commanded the soldiers and was master of the money; nominally the public funds had been separated from his own, but in fact he spent the former also as he saw fit. When this decade had come to an end, there was voted him another five years, then five more, after that ten, and again another ten, and a like number the fifth time, so that by a succession of tenyear periods he continued monarch for life.

3) in stating that Augustus not only took a group of provinces but some general care of the state as a whole. This is perhaps expressed in the fifth clause in the lex de imperio (No. 8, § 5). In his account of the administrative arrangements Dio describes the practice of his own day, occasionally noting where it differed from the original scheme. It may simplify Dio's account to set out in tabular form the various classes of officials in the public and imperial provinces; for the special position of Egypt, see No.

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