Eparch of the City

   Governor of the city of Constantinople (q.v.) whose post was created in 359 on the model of the urban prefect of Rome (q.v.). As chief judge of the imperial tribunal, he was responsible for law and order in the capital, as well as for the maintenance of prisons. He also supervised building activity, spectacles and ceremonial, and commercial activity (described in the Book of the Eparch [q.v.]).

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