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AGONOTHETES, in ancient Greece, the president or super intendent of the sacred games. At first the person who instituted the games and defrayed the expenses was the Agonothetes. But in the public games, such as the Olympic and Pythian, these super intendents represented different States, or were chosen from the people in whose country the games were celebrated; thus at the Panathenaea at Athens ten athlothetai were elected for four years to superintend the various contests. They were variously called "regulators," "arbitrators," "judges of contests," "stewards of the games" (at Athens), "rod-bearers" (from the rod or sceptre em blematic of their authority), but their functions were generally the same.

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