Honorary title used for the senior person holding any of a number of civil, military, or church offices. For example, each of the palatine guards had a primikerios, as did each of the civil services. The primikerios sacri cubiculi was chief of staff of the imperial bedchamber, and the megas primikerios was the master of ceremonies in the palace. Both of these palace officials were eunuchs (q.v.).

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