In the Archaic Period, a monarch of the traditional type, popularly recognised as possessing royal charisma, who inherited his throne from a long line of such anaxoi, and traces his ancestry to a [[demi-god]] or folk-[[hero]]. Anaxoi tend more than other types of monarch to exercise priestly function, and to delegate judicial and military duties to krites and polemarkhs.

In the Classical Period and the Decadent Period, a member of the middle grade of three grades in prestige of the hereditary nobility, about sixty in number. Most are the heirs of Archaic Period monarchs, but a few lines of princes were created by legislation as a reward to prominent servants of the state (see social mobility). See gerusia.

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