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Politarch (Greek: πολιτάρχης) was a Hellenistic and Roman-era Macedonian title for an elected governor (archon) of a city (polis). The term had been already attested in the Acts of the Apostles (17:6,8) concerning Thessalonica, as well in modern archaeology. The institution is called Politarchate and Ptoliarchos appears in a poetic epigram. The first evidence of the title is dated to the reign of Perseus[1] [2][3] in Amphipolis, where the king with two politarchs honoured Artemis Tauropolos after a Thracian campaign.

The title was also used for the local commissioners of the Greek provisional government during the Greek War of Independence.

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  1. ^ Amphipolis — 179 BC? — SEG 31.614
  2. ^ Archaeology and the New Testament By John McRay Page 295 ISBN 0-8010-6267-5
  3. ^ Macedonian Institutions Under the Kings: Page 135 By Miltiadēs V. Chatzopoulos ISBN 960-7094-89-1