What role did the Roman Senate play under the emperors?

Menshevik

Ad Honorem
Dec 2012
9,240
here
#1
How powerful were they?

Were they still elected? Appointed?

Did all the same offices and positions remain? Consul, praetor, etc?

Was having a Senate all just a sham, a masquerade during the time of the emperors?

Maybe the Senate was more influential and relevant at different times under different emperors?
 
Jan 2015
3,536
Australia
#2
Relative to the emperor they had no real role of substance, they were a ceremonial fa├žade of modest import. They had a role, but all their power stemmed from what a stable emperor or army was willing to bestow them. It was only in a time of crisis where one of their number might have the chance to seize the mantle of emperor (and even that was tough).
 

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