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a chief duke, esp (since 1453) a prince of the Austrian imperial dynasty



(Erzherzog), in Austria and later in Austria-Hungary, a title held by princes of the royal house of Hapsburg, officially conferred in 1453. It stems from a privilege extended to Austrian dukes in the 12th century, by which they were granted rights equal to those of electors, who were also called Erzkurfürsten.

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6257, from the Contents of the Libraries of the Suchos Temples in the Fayyum, Part I, Mitteilungen aus der Papyrussammlung der Osterreichischen Nationalbibliothek (Papyrus Erzherzog Rainer), Neue Serie, X.
Zauzich, "Das Lamm des Bokchoris." in Papyrus Erzherzog Rainer (P.