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βᾰσιλ-είᾱ, Ion. βᾰσιλ-ηί̈η, ἡ, kingdom, dominion, Hdt.1.11, etc.; παιδὸς ἡ β. Heraclit.52; hereditary monarchy, opp. τυραννίς, ἐπὶ ῥητοῖς γέρασι πατρικαὶ β. Th.1.13; βασιλείας εἴδη τέτταρα Arist.Pol.1285b20; ἡ πρώτη πολιτεία μετὰ τὰς β. after the age of monarchies, ib.1297b17: metaph., ἐποίησεν ἡμᾶς β. Apoc.1.6; β. τῶν οὐρανῶν Ev.Matt.3.2; τοῦ θεοῦ ib.6.33, etc.

2. kingly office, β. καὶ στρατηγία Arist.Pol.1273a37.

3. at Athens, the office of the archon βασιλεύς, Paus.1.3.1.

4. Pass., being ruled by a king, τῆς ὑπ' ἐκείνου βασιλείας Isoc.9.43.

II. diadem, D.S.1.47, OGI90.43 (Rosetta).

III. reign, ib.331.40 (Pergam.), D.S.17.1, POxy.1257.7(iii A. D.); so αἱ β. the reigns of the Kings, title of book of VT; accession to the throne, BGU646.12 (ii A. D.).

IV. concrete, His Majesty, LXX 4 Ki.11.1, 1 Ma.6.47.