In the Archaic Period a polis or monarch who, by formal or informal arrangements, leads a group of states. See hegemony.

The power of a hegemon can be based on anything from acknowledged wisdom, through control of an important sanctuary, or economic power, to the threat of force. In theory a the members of a league are free and equal, but in many cases leagues have leading members that are hegemons in all but name.

Such monarchs as were hegemons when their domains were absorbed by Thekla were granted the hereditary title kreion which their heirs bear in the Classical Period and the Decadent Period. In the Classical and Decadent Periods "hegemon" is the formal title of the emperor of Gehennum.

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