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tet·rar·chy

 (tĕt′rär′kē, tē′trär′-) also tet·rar·chate (-kāt′, -kĭt)
n. pl. tet·rar·chies also tet·rar·chates
1. The area ruled by a tetrarch.
2.
a. Joint rule by four governors.
b. The four governors so ruling.
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tetrarchy

1. the Roman practice of dividing authority over provinces among four governors.
2. a system of rule by four authorities. — tetrarch, tetrarchate, n.tetrarchic, tetrarchical, adj.
See also: Government
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From the emperor Diocletian's tetrachy (c.300), the Praetorian Prefects became administrators of the empire's four prefectures, with Egypt's head being the separate Praefectus Augustalis, indicating that the prefect governed in the name of the august emperor.