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Noun
  1. The office or status of a proconsul; a proconsulate.
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The inscription below the pediment indicates that the temple was dedicated in 183-4 by a Roman senator who had risen to hold the proconsulship of Asia.
Caesar held both the dictatorship and the tribunate, and alternated between the consulship and the proconsulship.
Caesar held both the dictatorship and the tribunate, but alternated between the consulship and the proconsulship.
The coalition provisional authority under the proconsulship will cease to exist, replaced by a new interim Iraqi government.
The author provides a historical analysis of the phenomenon of proconsulship and how it has manifested itself in American history.
Walsh's argument seems to suggest the former, probably drawing on the fact that Petronius had held the proconsulship in Bithynia, and the consulship thereafter.

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