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Encyclopedia > Proconsul
For the Miocene ape, see Proconsul (genus)

Under the Roman Empire a proconsul was a promagistrate filling the office of a consul. Rome often appointed a proconsul as governor of an outlying province.


By analogy, a leader appointed by a foreign power during military occupation or colonization is sometimes described as a proconsul. For example, the Wall Street Journal described the Civilian Administrator of Iraq as a "modern proconsul".


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Proconsul (222 words)
Like a propraetor, the proconsul was someone who acted as if (pro) he were an official magistrate.
This custom became popular during the war against Hannibal; an innovation was the appointment of private citizens as proconsuls (i.e., people who were not former magistrates).
Under the empire, the governors of the senatorial provinces were usually called proconsuls, although they were in fact former praetors.
Proconsul africanus (391 words)
Proconsul africanus had a dental formula of 2:1:2:3 on both the upper and lower jaws (Fleagle, 1988).
Proconsul africanus was found on the continent of Africa and occurred during the early Miocene (Fleagle, 1988).
Davis, P.R. and Napier, J.R. A Reconstruction of the Skull of Proconsul africanus.
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