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AGONOTHETES

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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 380 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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AGONOTHETES, in ancient Greece, the president or superintendent of the sacred games. At first the person who instituted the games and defrayed the expenses was the Agonothetes; but in the great public games, such as the Olympic and Pythian, these presidents were the representatives of different states, or were chosen from the people in whose country the games were celebrated; thus at the Panathenaic festival at Athens ten athlothetae were elected for four years to superintend the various contests. They were variously called aiau,.w rat, i3paj3evrai, aywvapxac, aywvoSiicac, &OXoO rat (at Athens), , af3Sovxoc or baObovoµoc (from the rod or sceptre emblematic of their authority), but their functions were generally the same.
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