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προστᾰτ-εύω, to be leader or ruler of, εἴτε χοροῦ εἴτε οἴκου εἴτε πόλεως εἴτε στρατεύματος X.Mem.3.4.6, cf. Hier.11.5, 7; [θυσίας] IG42(1).73.34 (Epid., iii B.C., prob.): abs., exercise authority, X.HG3.3.6, Vect.5.6; ἐν ταῖς πόλεσιν Id.Mem.2.8.4.

II. π. ὅπως ..to have authority for providing that .., provide or take care that .., Id.An. 5.6.21, Cyr.1.2.5: with gen. added, π. ἀνθρώπων ὅπως ἕξουσιν ..ib. 1.6.7; cf. sq.

III. hold office of προστάτης 11.3, SIG241 A 39 (Delph., iv B.C.), IG14.208 (Acrae).

IV. to be guardian of, regent for, τῶν βασιλέων App.Syr.52.