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Archontes
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(ἄρχοντες, ἄρχων; árchontes, árchōn). In general, the term applied to all holders of  archai . However, the term was frequently used as the title of a particular office, originally, at least, the highest office of the state. Archontes in this sense of the term are found in most states of central Greece, including Athens, and states dependent on or influenced by Athens.

According to Aristot. Ath. Pol. 3, the kings were initially replaced by archons who were initially elected for…

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Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham), Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH) and Makris, Georgios (Bochum), “Archontes”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e133000>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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