Consul

  • Ancient Rome
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The highest of all Elected Roman Administrative positions, the Title of Consul would remain an important position with regards to Administration even up to today's Era (adapted into The Legal Systems of most Countries). The original Roman position was very similar. Considered the most learned of Senatorial Rank, a Consul was used to advise on all matters of Social, Legal and Rulership within The Roman World.

 

Created during The Republic Era, it was one of the few positions to remain relatively unchanged into The Imperial Period. However, by thus time, it was more Honorific. Only two Consuls were elected per year. They answered only to The Senate (later The Emperor). They could in essence, "speak" for either (mostly when they were not present or seated in session). As such, a Consul welded immense power. Normally, men of extreme influence and wealth occupied the position. Conversely, their "word" was seldom questioned. Even after their Tenure, a Consul was considered extremely powerful.

 

Later in The Republic Era, an "Upper Classed" Plebeian was selected to represent the largest Class of Roman Peoples. This Consul was akin to a Modern House of Representatives or House of Commons in Government Administration. Seen as a type of "Balance of Power", this was lost in The Imperial Period due to corruption. During this Period, the position of "Proconsul" was also created to install a "Senior" (to control perceived "vices" such as bribery to curry favor). Seen as knowledgeable in Roman Law and Protocols, when "Law" was rediscovered in The Early Middle Ages, the title of "Consul" would be resurrected and applied strictly to positions of Law and Advisors to Rulers.