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In the ancient Greek or Roman world: a person who presides over the public games; a director or overseer of the games, responsible for organizing events, judging competitions, awarding prizes, etc.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Rollin's Ancient History of the Egyptians and Greeks. In some forms from post-classical Latin athlotheta from ancient Greek ἀθλοθέτης.
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