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Tetrarches, Tetrarchia
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(τετράρχης/tetrárchēs, τετραρχία/tetrarchía).

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I. Definition

The noun tetrarches (from τετράς/tetrás = 'entity of four parts' and ἄρχειν/árchein = 'rule') designates a military rank, but specifically the head of a tribal area within a fourfold alliance (tetrás or tetrarchía); subsequently a ruler of lesser rank (see below III.). The two meanings were brought together at the time of Diocletian, so that th…

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Bringmann, Klaus (Frankfurt/Main), Burckhardt, Leonhard (Basle) and Bleckmann, Bruno (Strasbourg), “Tetrarches, Tetrarchia”, 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 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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