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In ancient Greece, an agonothetes (Greek: ὰγωνοθέτης) was 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 Games and Pythian Games, these presidents were the representatives of different states, or were chosen from the people in whose country the games were celebrated; thus at the Pythian Games at Athens ten athlothetae were elected for four years to superintend the various contests.[1]


  1. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Agonothetes". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 380.