Friday, September 22, 2017

Fact of the Day: Emperor vs King

While certain kings in history had more power and/or lands than certain emperors, emperor is considered a higher-rank mainly due to the days of the Roman Empire. Roman Emperors would allow client kings to rule but they had to be subjects to the Emperor. 

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  1. So much for Prince's "You Can be the president; I'd rather be the Pope." You can be the king; I'd rather be the emperor.

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  2. That's pretty interesting, and surprising. Hugs...

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  3. It makes sense once you explain it this way.

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  4. Interesting look on that emperor's face.

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  5. Assumed they were the same, proved me wrong.

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  6. Actually, I disagree with you on this one. Emperors typically were not as powerful as kings. Emperors were often appointed or elected (like all of the Holy Roman Emperors) while it was believed God selected kings. Rome was traumatized a few times by despotic kings and abolished the role for Rome itself, although they tolerated vassal kings. Napoleon would have been overthrown if he'd crowned himself king so he elected the lower position of emperor. Kings create dynasties and one of the reasons Rome fell was because many times when the emperor died the result was civil war which weakened the empire. Kings pass along their crown to their oldest son, or daughter in cases where Salic law doesn't apply.

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    1. While I agree the succession was different most of the time, the power is still considered greater.

      Queen Victoria was "promoted" to Empress of India so she wouldn't be outranked by her own daughter.

      Qin Shi Huang was King of Quin before becoming Emperor of China.

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  7. I'll go with the later Pharaohs who were supposed to be gods on Earth.

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  8. Actually I would have thought the titles were on a par with each other.
    The Emperor of Japan is the only currently reigning monarch whose title is translated into English as "Emperor".

    Both kings and emperors are monarchs, but emperor and empress are considered the higher monarchical titles.

    Anyhow these days - Kings, Queens or Emperors have only superficial powers as "Heads of State" - the old days of yore with the saying:
    "Off with your head" has long passed.
    They represent stability for the country without the political intrigues. Anyhow that is my analysis of the subject.

    How a King/Emperor would be able to temper the likes of the two deranged creatures who lead:
    1. The USA
    2. North Korea
    that is a mystery. Two little bullies with not a sense of probity between them and virtually holding the World to ransom with their blusterings.
    Colin

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