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A Greek name for: the commander of a Roman legion's camp. Also more generally: a senior military commander in various Greek-speaking polities, especially the Byzantine Empire.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Edward Gibbon (1737–1794), historian. From Hellenistic Greek στρατοπεδάρχης commander of a force in the field from ancient Greek στρατόπεδον camp + -άρχης.
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