Yet Greece was the sovereign power in all the world of ancient culture.
Special provisions were made respecting appeals from the High Court to the sovereign in council.
Avicenna was even raised to the office of vizier; but the turbulent soldiery, composed of Kurds and Turks, mutinied against their nominal sovereign, and demanded that the new vizier should be put to death.
Under a kingly government office bestowed by the sovereign holds the same place which office bestowed by the people holds in a popular government.
He had also, by virtue of an ancient custom, the power of giving the first dish from the king's table to whatever poor person he pleased, or, instead of it, alms in money, which custom is kept up by the lord high almoner distributing as many silver pennies as the sovereign has years of age to poor men and women on Maundy Thursday.