1970, 13f.) hypothesis that <<Sulla divested himself of power by stages>> (if, however, according to him first of the dictatorship on 1 January 80, then of his second consulship on 29 December 80, and finally of his proconsulship
of Gallia Cisalpina).
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.
This is a study of proconsulship
, a form of delegated political-military leadership historically associated with the governance of large empires.
AS ROME'S ARMIES CONQUERED THE shores of the Mediterranean by fits and starts between 300 and 100 B.C., the Republic began sending out provincial governors to rule with supreme executive powers, as if they were Roman consuls (pro consules), The office of proconsulship
was gradually institutionalized, but by imperial times simply denoted elite Romans of the senatorial class who ran the vast expanses of the empire--areas often more extensive than Italy itself--with sometimes pitiless severity enforced by a legion or two at their backs.
The eminent author, political scientist, and statesman Carnes Lord bases the book's thesis on the belief that a number of America's combatant commanders and their equivalents in the civilian sector have taken on the role once reserved for Roman and British leadership, that of "proconsul." The author provides a historical analysis of the phenomenon of proconsulship
and how it has manifested itself in American history.
(41) What then needs to be explained is the gap of around twelve years in Vespasian's career before his proconsulship
, probably in AD 63.
Bush administration called off the Gulf War when US objectives had been achieved and immediately vacated Iraqi territory because the only alternative would have been "the inevitable follow-up [of] major occupation forces in Iraq for years to come and a complex American proconsulship
in Baghdad." (6) Powell returned to this point in his memoirs.