1(In the Roman Empire) the governor of one of four divisions of a country or province.
- Claudius made him tetrarch of the provinces of Philippi and Lysanias, with the title of king.
- Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great, was tetrarch of Galilee and Peraea.
- The same harshness of representation is seen in the portraits of the tetrarchs, along with a stronger emphasis on abstraction as uniformity reinforced the solidarity of the empire.
1.1Each of four joint rulers.
- Recognizing the emperor's vulnerability, he also chose to divide authority among four rulers, known as the tetrarchs.
- The sameness of the portraits underlines the tetrarchs' equality, while their embrace stresses unanimity and solidarity.
- The provinces were grouped into larger administrative units called a diocese, ruled by a governor general who answered to a praetorian prefect, who in turn answered to one of the tetrarchs.
noun (plural tetrarchies)
- Example sentences
- He instituted a tetrarchy in which two senior emperors ruled as Augusti, supported by two junior emperors, or caesarae, who were next in line to rule, at which time a new caesar would be appointed.
- The emperor exiled Antipas and awarded his tetrarchy to Agrippa.
- Four of Herod's sons ruled the kingdom divided into four tetrarchies, so the rulers were called tetrarchs, not kings.
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