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EMPEROR, an officer. This word is synonymous with the Latin imperator; they are both derived from the. verb imperare. Literally, it signifies he who commands.
     2. Under the Roman republic, the title emperor was the generic name given to the commanders-in-chief in the armies. But even then the application of the word was restrained to the successful commander, who was declared emperor by the acclamations of the army, and was afterwards honored with the title by a decree of the senate. 3. It, is now used to designate some sovereign prince who bears this title. Ayl. Pand. tit. 23.

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Allotte de la Fuye therefore proposed that the coin could have been issued in AD 262 in the Balkans, or, given the style of the coin, later on in Gaul around the time of Tetricus with the same historical Domitianus somehow becoming an unrecorded competitor for the Gallic emperorship.
The former governor said he appreciates how Akihito ''is making the emperorship more meaningful to the people because of the way he makes contacts.
But if Titus sought personal power, why did he turn down the emperorship offered him?