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(Δήμαρχος; Dḗmarchos).

Holder of office with political and/or religious duties in Greek communities.

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I. Greece until late antiquity

(1) In Athens the demarchos was the highest office-holder in each of the 139 demes ( Demos [2]), into which Cleisthenes had divided the polis ([Aristot.] Ath. Pol. 54,8). By no later than the 4th cent. BC the demarchos was elected by lot in each  dḗmos for one year; the demarchos for Piraeus on the other hand was appointed by the polis (…

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Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham) and Tinnefeld, Franz (Munich), “Demarchos”, 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 17 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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