In the Archaic Period, a powerful official in a city, or an important officer in the court of a monarch, who keeps the public or royal treasury, controls the leases of public lands, collects taxes, etc.

In the Classical Period, an imperial minister, the most powerful member of the Boule. The khrysofylax is in charge of the imperial treasury. Working through the logistes in each epislopy, he receives taxes, controls the imperial estate, and lets public works contracts. He also decides the imperial budget, subject only to the emperor. The treasurer is considered the head of government, and is usually a friend and prime minister of the emperor.

In the Decadent Period, a critical court position, with functions similar to but weaker than those of the khrysofylax in the Classical Period, invariably given to a trusted friend of the polemarkh.

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