Triumph of Napoleon, First Consul
Napoleon encouraged comparisons between the post-revolution French republic and the Roman republic. The French adoption of the term "Consul" was a clear reference to the Roman Republic, for that was the name given the men chosen to direct the republican government in Roman times.
This source is a part of the The Napoleonic Experience teaching module.
Barthélémy Joseph Fulcran Roger
Bibliothèque Nationale de France