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It is permitted not only to senators but also to equites who have this function. This is the condition of the case. All the propraetors alike employ six lictors: as many of them as do not belong to the number of ex-consuls hold a title derived from this very number. Both classes alike assume the decorations of their position of authority when they enter their appointed district and lay them aside immediately upon finishing their term. It is thus and on these conditions that governors from among the ex-praetors and ex-consuls have customarily been sent to both kinds of provinces.
In this way he had his headship ratified by the senate and the people. As he wished even so to appear to be republican in principle, he accepted all the care and superintendence of public business on the ground that it required expert attention, but said that he would not personally govern all the provinces and those that he did govern he would not keep in his charge perpetually. The weaker ones, because (as he said) they were peaceful and free from war, he gave over to the senate. But the more powerful he held in possession because they were unsettled and dangerous and either had enemies in adjoining territory or on their own account were able to cause a great uprising.
I, § 35) and to his successors was purely honorific. Caesar was a family surname adopted by Claudius, though he was not of the Caesarian family, and by all subsequent emperors except Vitellius. Augustus was an honorary surname bestowed by the senate on Augustus (see No. I, §34) and all subsequent emperors. The emperors were originally exempted from certain statutes only (see No. 8, §6), but this was by Dio's day interpreted as exemption from all laws. For examples of the imperial titulature, see Nos.