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προστάτης 1 προστῆναι who stands before, a front-rank-man, Xen.
II.a chief, leader of a party, Hdt.; πρ. τοῦ δήμου Thuc.
2.generally, a president, ruler, Aesch., Eur., etc.; προστάται τῆς εἰρήνης its chief authors, Xen. who stands before, a protector, guard, champion, πυλωμάτων Aesch., Soph., etc. Athens, of a citizen who took care of the μέτοικοι, as the Rom. patronus took care of his clientes; προστάτην γράφεσθαί τινα to choose as one's patron, Ar.; but, γράφεσθαι προστάτου to enter oneself by one's patron's name, attach oneself to a patron, Soph.
IV.προστάτης θεοῦ one who stands before a god to entreat him, a suppliant, id=Soph.

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