What is CONSUL?

In Roman law. During the republic, the name “consul” was given to the chief executive magistrate, two of whom were chosen annually. The otlice was continued under the empire, but its powers and prerogatives were greatly reduced. The name is supposed to have been derived from consulo, to consult, because these officers consulted with the senate on administrative measures.

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