consilium principis

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(‘advisers to the princeps’). A Roman magistrate was always free to summon advisers in deliberation or on the bench. The fluctuating body of advisers summoned to the Roman emperors retained this semi‐official character, though the gathering of friends (see amicus augusti) was increasingly strengthened by judicial and administrative personnel (the praetorian prefect was regularly a member), and its meetings must be distinguished from consultation of individuals.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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