a higher magistrate in ancient Athens.
- ar·chon·ship, noun
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A teacher of philosophy during his early manhood, he spent his last years as archon and priest of Apollo in his native town.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
archon, rk′on, n. one of nine chief magistrates of ancient Athens.
Its meetings were held in the open air, and its members were selected from those who had held the office of archon.
At Athens the chief archon of the year was known as the ἄρχων ἐπώνυμος, as the year was known by his name.
Attica at first was divided into separate and independent hamlets: each of which had its own Prutaneion, and archon.
British Dictionary definitions for archon
(in ancient Athens) one of the nine chief magistrates
- archonship, noun
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