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Initially it denoted a magistrate appointed to take a Roman consol's place. What title is it?




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Answer: proconsol

When it was a republic, Rome was governed by two consols. As the empire expanded, the demands on the consols increased so much that they had to appoint lieutenants, called proconsols — which derives from the Latin phrase pro consule, acting) in place of a consul — to represent them.

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