The Principate is the name sometimes given to the first period of the Roman Empire from the beginning of the reign of Augustus in 27 BC to the end of the Crisis of the Third Century in AD 284, after which it evolved into the so-called Dominate.[1]

The Principate is characterised by the reign of a single emperor (princeps) and an effort on the part of the early emperors, at least, to preserve the illusion of the formal continuance, in some aspects, of the Roman Republic.[2][3][4]

  1. ^ K Lowenstein, The Governance of Rome (1973) p. 370
  2. ^ "Principate - government". Archived from the original on 2016-10-11.
  3. ^ A history of Rome, M. Cary & H.H. Scullard, ISBN 0333278305
  4. ^ SPQR; Mary Beard, ISBN 9781846683800