tetrarchy







tetrarchy


noun

  1. any ruler of a fourth part, division, etc.
  2. a subordinate ruler.
  3. one of four joint rulers or chiefs.
  4. the ruler of the fourth part of a country or province in the ancient Roman Empire.

noun

  1. the ruler of one fourth of a country
  2. a subordinate ruler, esp of Syria under the Roman Empire
  3. the commander of one of the smaller subdivisions of a Macedonian phalanx
  4. any of four joint rulers

n.late Old English tetrarche “ruler of one of four divisions of a kingdom or province,” from Late Latin tetrarcha, from Greek tetrarkhes “leader of four companies, tetrarch,” from tetra- “four” (see tetra-) + arkhein “to rule” (see archon). Applied generally to subordinate rulers in the Roman Empire, especially in Syria.

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