Agonotheta, Or Agonotiietes
AGONOTHETA, or AGONOTIIETES (dydv and TAiku.), in Grecian Antiquity, 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, Pythian, &c., these presidents were the representatives of different states, or were chosen from the people in whose country the games were celebrated. They received the several titles of cdo-yriji-ac, flpafleurai, (Irovo'tpxa clywvoSiKaf, 4.19Xo9rac. They were also called ,na,8.80;_xca or iSaMov6p.oc, from the rod or sceptre emblematic of their authority.