In the early principate, Roman citizens were a small elite among the inhabitants of the empire, comprising the Italians and the citizens of the relatively few Roman colonies and municipalities in the provinces, apart from individual provincials who had been enfranchised. There was a general tendency to expand the citizenship by converting provincial cities into municipalities, or by giving them Latin status, whereby their annual magistrates became Roman citizens (cf. Nos. 93 and 94). Claudius, who was unusually progressive in this matter, also gave citizenship to veterans in the auxiliary units and fleets (cf. Nos. 63–64).
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