• Ancient Rome
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

An Ancient Title that began in The Kingdom Era and evolved through The Republic and into The Imperial Period -a Magistrate would continue in form into today's Era, as the pinnacle of some Countries Legal System. In Ancient Rome, The Magistrate was Chief Priest, Lawyer and Judge. It was up to them to determine and enforce Roman Law. Magistrates also held Military Title and could be used as Field Officers (the equivalent of a General Officer).


The Magistrate held absolute power. During the Kingdom Period, they could decide upon. An Interrex (who ruled in lieu of a King). Magistrates were originally elected by the People. During The Imperial Era, a Magistrate wad chosen by The Emperor (who chose those who had the same "goals" of The Emperor). These Magistrates were corrupt. Their power at this point was akin to a Proconsul.


Although taken from The Patrician Class (Nobility), some during The Republic came from the lower Plebeians  (especially from what would be considered now as "Middle Class). Moderately educated and having some personal fortune, these Magistrates were perhaps the most "honest" during their History. After the decline of Roman Civilization, the Title would eventually be resurrected on The Middle Ages. Taken from experienced Lawyers, they would stand as Judge in all Cases.