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also pre·tor  (prē′tər)
An annually elected magistrate of the ancient Roman Republic, ranking below but having approximately the same functions as a consul.

[Middle English pretor, from Old French, from Latin praetor, perhaps from praeīre, to go before : prae-, pre- + īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

prae·to′ri·al (prē-tôr′ē-əl) adj.
prae′tor·ship′ n.
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Noun1.praetorship - the office of praetor
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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Cassius recalls how Caesar had tried to set him against Brutus in the race for praetorship, thereby exposing the divide-et-impera strategy he used to control his opponents (3.
When the Praetorship was created in 367 BC, the jurisdiction assigned to the Praetor formed part of the Consular Imperium--the jurisdiction, to decide civil disputes.
Perperna Veiento who was Lepidus' and Sertorius' deputy was presumably Perperna's son, and had probably reached the praetorship under Carbo, holding Sicily for him during the civil war.
About a century later, a second praetorship was created.
17) Vespasian's praetorship followed in AD 40, his election coming among the top candidates.
Then Iullus Antonius, who had been an unparalleled example of Augustus's clemency [singulare exemplum clementiae], only to become the violator of his household [violator eius domus] himself, avenged he crime he had committed; after the defeat of his father Augustus had not only granted safety to Iullus, but also had him honored with a priesthood, the praetorship, the consulship, and the governance of provinces and received him in the closest bond of relationship through a marriage with the daughter of his sister .
As an individual aged he could expect to hold increasingly senior posts: the quaestorship at twenty-seven, praetorship in his late thirties and the consulship at forty-two.
6) Furthermore, Plutarch makes the point that Cato's praetorship in this year was not marked by dignity: on the contrary he disgraced his office (44.
The praetorship was once an office of great power, now it is an empty name and a heavy burden on the resources of the Senatorial order.
Valerius Flaccus, the flamen Dialis, won election to a praetorship for 183.
Beginning his career with a minor magistracy, in 88 he gained a praetorship (a post with legal jurisdiction) and became a member of the priestly college that kept the Sibylline Books of prophecy and supervised foreign-cult practice.
Barton says that the arena offered a "stage on which might be reenacted a lost set of sorely lamented values," that the arena could be a "real test of valor that the consulate, the praetorship, the imperial throne was not".