Roman City Government
The administration of cities within the provinces was seen to by local political
The Romans attempted to use the Greek concept
of the city-state whenever possible, but in conquests without
a structure already in place they would establish an organization
on a pre-existing tribal basis. The local nobility or wealthy
aristocrats would be enrolled in this city government functioning
much like the Republican Roman Senate.
They would see to regular
daily administration, maintaining order and collecting taxes.
Later in the Empire, Imperial Procurators were appointed to
various major cities to oversee financial matters, especially
concerning the collection of taxes.
They could either work
for the provincial governor or report directly to the Emperor.
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After the systematic organization of the administration in the 2 nd century, the title of procurator was reserved for functionaries of the equestrian class.