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Archon, administrator of ancient Athens and other Greek city-states. Originally a life term open only to nobles, by 682 B.C. the archonship was shared by 9 members elected from the population for 1 year, and included a civil ruler, a religious head, a military commander, and 6 lawmakers. The archons lost influence with the rise of democracy.

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