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I.a waiting-man, attendant, Od., etc.; differing from δοῦλος, as implying free service; and in Hom. a companion in arms, though inferior in rank; as Patroclus is the companion or esquire of Achilles; Meriones of Idomeneus, Il.; so the charioteer is ἡνίοχος θεράπων; kings were Διὸς θεράποντες; warriors θεράποντες Ἄρηος, etc.:—c. dat., οἶκος ξένοισι θεράπων devoted to the service of its guests, Pind.
II.later, simply, a servant, Hdt.:—in Chios, θεράποντες was the name for their slaves, Thuc.

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