toparchy


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toparchy

Ancient History. a small state or division of a larger state, as Judea.
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Fixing the sha'ar in the central city of a toparchy allowed town supervision over the prices of the entire area, which encouraged market stability and helped prevent surplus, or the lack of demand.
Yohanan therefore indicates that the sages held supervision of the sha'ar--already the responsibility of the agoranomos (see below)--to affect not only the inhabitants of the city, but also those of the toparchy as a whole.