|1.||(in ancient Rome) a civil official of the emperor's administration, often employed as the governor of a minor province or as a financial agent|
|2.||rare a person engaged and authorized by another to manage his affairs|
|[C13: from Latin: a manager, from prōcūrāre to attend to]|
government financial agent in ancient Rome. From the reign of the emperor Augustus (27 BC-AD 14), procurators were regularly appointed to official posts in the imperial administration of the provinces or in the departments of the imperial government concerning such matters as the grain supply, the mint, and the mines. Procurators of provinces supervised imperial finances in their respective jurisdictions. In imperial provinces the procurator served under a legate; in senatorial provinces he exercised more authority within the administration of the governor and his quaestor
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