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Boule
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(Βουλή; Boulḗ).

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A. General

In Greek communities the boule was a council assembly, usually that responsible for current public duties, which also had to prepare the work of the public assembly ( ekklēsía ). Composition and responsibilities could change according to the respective form of constitution. In Homeric times the council consisted of nobles convened by the king as advisors; in oligarchically organized communities the boule could become a relatively powerful body, compared with a com…

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Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham), “Boule”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 03 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e221440>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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