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    Posted: 29-Jun-2008 at 19:25
I know Augustus took the title of Princeps. Did all of them do this? I know the Principate is thought ti end with the Severins. Did emperors after that take the title of Princeps?

How many Roman Emperors took the name of Caesar ? Did Caesar actually become the title of the Roman Emperor like they show in the movies?

How was the Roman Emperor addressed? I think Augustus was addressed as Caesar. What about others? Did people address Hadrian as "Hadrian?" Was it something like your highness when Diocletian set up the dominate?
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It goes from Principate into Dominate because Dominus was the preferred title of the later Emperors (the previous ones favouring Augustus/Augusta).

All Emperors were addressed as 'Caesar' or 'Imperator'.
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"Caesar" is the most common title. Also this title was widely used after decline of the empire. By later states who felt themselves as successors of Rome...

German Empire(Holy Roman and second Reich), Austria, Russia etc.
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Both good answers so far. Princeps could also be used when referring to the Emperor, though in a direct address Caesar, Augustus or Imperator would have been more common. Definitely with Diocletian's establishment of the Tetrarchy, the title of Princeps would have changed - there were 2 'Augustuses' and 2 'Caesars'. And, as rider pointed out the title of Dominus (Lord) was assumed from then on (hence, the dominate rather than principate)

Whether some of the later or very minor emperors assumed the title Princeps sometimes depends upon translation but also extent of source record.

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I thought emperors were also known as agustus
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As we all have mentioned, Augustus was also used...
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I am pretty sure  ImperatorBasileus were used as well
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Basileus is not used for western emperors...
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Title was for Roman Emperors, wasnt specific.

The name "Augustus" alone  was actually a title within itself, it meant “respected one", or such.
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