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Abstract

During the Principate, the emperor is not only the one who manifests a certain number of virtues; he truly becomes the one who embodies them. Because of these dispositions, the sovereign has a singular power of action: he is the one who founds, safeguards, governs, enlarges, restores, pacifies … These merits of the sovereign are particularly praised in the inscriptions from the last decades of the 2nd century AD and become elements of the imperial titulature. These titles, often at the origin divine epiclesis, have sometimes been attested since the beginnings of the Principate. The epigraphic inventory of their attestations between the 1st century and the first third of the 3rd century AD is attached to the study, which comes back, in the last analysis, on the period and the reasons that can explain the shift of the imperial titulature from sobriety into emphase and rhetoric.

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The Emperor’s Qualities and Virtues in the Inscriptions from Augustus to the Beginning of Constantine's Reign: “Mirrors for prince”?

Qualités et vertus de l’empereur dans les inscriptions d’Auguste au début du règne de Constantin: « Miroirs au prince »?

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