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In the Linear B texts, the second highest dignitary after the king in the Mycenaean palace state. He had a share in the royal lands (témenos), was involved in state campaigns, had his own staff (ra-wa-ke-si-jo) and commanded his own team (ra-wa-ke-ja). The interpretation of Linear B ra-wa-ke-ta as a combination of laós (‘people’) and ágein (‘to lead’) or laós and hēgeîsthai (‘to lead’) is supported by Doric lagétas (Pind. Ol. 1,89; Pind. Pyth. 4,107) and the Old Phrygian dative lavagtaei so that the role of the lawegetas is mostly interpreted as that of an army commander.

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Deger-Jalkotzy, Sigrid (Salzburg), “Lawagetas”, 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 04 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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