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(κτίστης; ktístēs). Ktistes (from Greek κτίζειν/ktízein, ‘to make habitable, to settle’ or ‘to found, set up’) is (next to archēgétēs and oikistḗs; Latin conditor) the term used in the Greek language area in pre-Christian times to describe founders of cities. In inscriptions from the Hellenistic period ktistes also often means founder of games or other public institutions (cf. e.g. CIG 2851). Christian authors use ktistes in the sense of Creator (God) (of the earth, flora, fauna etc.).

Ktistes in the sense of city founder could be a god (particularly Apoll…

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Eder, Walter (Berlin) and Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen), “Ktistes”, 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 19 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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