Meaning of agonothete in English:


Pronunciation /əˈɡəʊnəθiːt/


(also agonothetes)
  • In the ancient Greek or Roman world: a person who presides over public games; a director or overseer of the games.


Early 17th century. From (i) classical Latin agōnotheta (in post-classical Latin also agonitheta, agonithetes) president of public games (attested in an inscription), in post-classical Latin also with reference to God (late 2nd century in Tertullian) and to Christ (early 3rd century in Tertullian), and denoting a spiritual athlete or leader of martyrs.