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Harmost in ancient Greece is a Spartan term that means military governor. The Spartan general Lysander instituted several harmosts during the period of Spartan hegemony after the end of the Peloponnesian War in 404 BC. They were sent into their subject or conquered towns, partly to keep them in submission, and partly to abolish the democratic form of government, and establish in its stead one similar to their own. Although in many cases they were ostensibly sent for the purpose of abolishing the tyrannical government of a town, and to restore the people to freedom, yet they themselves acted like kings or tyrants, whence Dionysius thinks that harmostae was merely another name for kings. How little sincere the Lacedaemonians were in their professions to restore their subject towns to freedom was manifest after the peace of Antalcidas; for although they had pledged themselves to re-establish free governments in the various towns, yet they left them in the hands of the harmostae. Even Xenophon could not help censuring the Lacedaemonians for the manner in which they allowed their harmostae to govern.

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Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language (1907)

by Thomas Davidson

Harmost. u, Sard ihood, Hard'inega, HanTiment(a»rA.).— *fc. Hard'ily. [O. Fr. kardi— Old High Ger. 'tarijant to make hard.] Eire, har, «. a common and very timid animal, with a divided upper lip and long hind-legs, which runs swiftly by leaps.

Google previewA New Classical Lexicon of Biography, Mythology, and Geography, including the pronunciation of proper names supported by authorities, etc (1858)

by Thomas Swinburne CARR

Spartan harmost of Byzantium, B.C. 400.— 3. An oppressive governor of Media, put to death by Alexander, B.C. 325. Cleanthes, a stoic philosopher, ...

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