In the Classical Period and the Decadent Period, an honorary, part-time, minor magistrate in teh imperial administration. Acting alone, hypokrites have only very minor powers, (like justices of the peace), though people will tend to turn to a hypokrites in an emergency if there are no other representatives of authority available. Acting together, two hypokrites have the authority of a krites, except inside a city. In the Classical Period the hypokrites]]] are appointed by the //anakrites on the advice of an episkopos. In the Decadent Period they are appointed by an episkopos and have authority only within his episkopy.

Hypokrites are usually drawn from the eupatridai, and of course from among men between the ages of forty and sixty (see Four Lives). They are charged with maintaining the peace within the area near their homes. In the countryside, away from the cities where the krites are mostly found, they enjoy a great deal of prestige. A hypokrites-ship is the goal of a country gentleman in his court career, though it attracts no pay, and is considered a very minor post by the greater courtiers. See [[patronage]].

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