AskDefine | Define tetrarch

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  • /ˈtɛtrɑrk/
  • /"tEtrArk/


  1. a governor of part of a country, especially of a fourth part of a province in ancient Rome
  2. an officer in charge of a fourth part of a phalanx in ancient Greece

Extensive Definition

Tetrarch is a Greek term meaning "ruler of a quarter" for a holder of Imperial office under a Tetrarchy. It was applied earlier to rulers of minor principalities owing allegiance to Rome.
It can also refer, more loosely, to


  • Encyclopedia, MS Encarta 2001, under article "Tetrarch".
tetrarch in German: Tetrarch
tetrarch in French: Tétrarque
tetrarch in Dutch: Tetrarch
tetrarch in Russian: Тетрарх
tetrarch in Finnish: Tetrarkki
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