dodecarchy

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From dodecarch + -archy, after the pattern of heptarchy &c.

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dodecarchy (countable and uncountable, plural dodecarchies)

  1. A government of twelve people.
    • 1852, Barthold Georg Niebuhr & Marcus von Niebuhr, Lectures on Ancient History, page 105:
      And this dodecarchy may have lasted much longer than is stated by Herodotus; the immense labyrinth on Lake Moeris, the building of which is ascribed to it, is a proof of this, or else we must deny that it was erected during the dodecarchy.

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  • "dodecarchy, n.", in the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press.