), “Tribe-kings.” Officers
of the Athenian tribes (see Phylé
), of whose origin and functions little is known. They existed earlier than the
time of Clisthenes, and were probably four in number, or one for each tribe. They presided in
certain courts (e. g. the Prytaneum), and sat with the Archon Basileus in the Basileum. They
were probably charged with religious rather than legal functions.