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Council meetings
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of increasing complexity served in ancient society to reduce and regulate conflict for the purpose of enabling collective action. Independently of the respective constitutional form, council meetings (CM), whose members were usually drawn from economically powerful and socially respected circles, supported the  ruler in decision-making (cf.  basileús ,  gerousía ; the Roman senate under the monarchy), formulated a consensus of peers in the aristocracy ( Áreios págos ;  senatus ) and prepared the resolutions of the popular assembly in democracies a…

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Eder, Walter (Berlin), “Council meetings”, 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 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1019080>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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