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'''''First among equals''''' is a Latin phrase
which indicates that a person is the most senior of a group of people sharing the same rank or office. Some political examples include the Prime Minister of many Commonwealth nations, the President of the European Commission, and the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. This also applies to religious figures, such as the Dean of the [[College of Cardinals]] of the [[Catholic Church]], or the [[Ecumenical Patriarch]] of the [[ Eastern Orthodox Church]]. The term was also used by [[Roman Emperor]]s (see [[Princeps]]) as a means of reducing the appearance of dictatorship (which was particularly important during the early [[Roman Empire]] to appease those who may have longed for a return to the old [[Roman Republic]]).