Ancient archetype. Also: King, Father. The Patriarch represents the father-figure, not only to individual children, but to an entire group or community. His role is thus kingly. Rarely is the Patriarch the hero of a story, since in many stories involving this archetype that station is occupied by the son (the Prince), who takes over the kingdom in the end. Famous Patriarch: Zeus. Modern example: The Godfather. See Archetypes.

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