Imperator Meaning As Elon Musk Changes Twitter Bio to 'Imperator of Mars'

Elon Musk has changed his Twitter bio to include the phrase "Imperator of Mars." As of Monday morning, Musk's full Twitter bio read: "Technoking of Tesla, Imperator of Mars." In addition, the bio included a single winking emoji.

It is unclear what sparked the update to his social media account, which has more than 50 million followers. The term imperator is defined as "a commander in chief or emperor of the ancient Romans," according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

The Merriam-Webster website also provided a brief history of the term, which explained that it was borrowed from the Latin word "imperātor."

It said the word imperātor is defined as a: "person giving orders, commanding officer, title of honor bestowed on a victorious general by his troops, title conferred by the Roman senate on Julius Caesar and Augustus and adopted by later successors."

In its guide, Dictionary.com noted that the origin of the word imperator dates to between 1570 and 1580. It lists three meanings: absolute or supreme ruler, (in Imperial Rome) emperor, (in Republican Rome) a temporary title accorded a victorious general.

Outside of the literal definitions, Imperator: Rome is the name of a strategy video game released in April 2019 and developed by Paradox Development Studio.

A description on the Steam marketplace, where it is sold for Windows, Mac and Linux devices, reads: "Set in the tumultuous centuries from Alexander's Successor Empires in the East to the foundation of the Roman Empire, Imperator: Rome invites you to relive the pageantry and challenges of empire building in the classical era. Manage your population, keep an eye out for treachery, and keep faith with your gods."

The SpaceX and Tesla boss is currently overseeing test flights of the Starship project, a reusable rocket system with Mars as a future destination, and has long spoken about his ambitions of reaching, exploring and even colonizing the distant red planet.

In January Musk changed his Twitter bio to "#bitcoin." His electric car company Tesla now lets customers based in the United States pay for some of its vehicles using the volatile token, he confirmed last month.

On March 15 this year, it emerged via a U.S. regulatory filing that Musk's official title in the car company would be updated to include the term "Technoking of Tesla." Its chief financial officer, Zach Kirkhorn, would hold the position of "Master of Coin."

"Elon and Zach will also maintain their respective positions as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer," the filing said at the time.

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Tesla head Elon Musk pictured at the Tesla Gigafactory near Berlin on September 03, 2020. Elon Musk stirred conversation on social media after changing his Twitter bio to include the phrase “Imperator of Mars.” Maja Hitij/Getty Images