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(Ἐπιμένης; Epiménēs) from  Miletus. After the fall of the Neleids in the 7th cent. BC, he was supposedly elected by the deme as  aisymnḗtēs with authority over life and death (Nic. Damasc. FGrH 90 F 53). The purges attributed to him there ─ proscription, exile, confiscation of property ─ correspond to the rules of a decree from the 5th cent. (ML 43), which states that the office of the ἐπιμήνιοι (epimḗnioi) is to carry out such measures which are common in coups d'états. This is probably the basis for the later, possibly Peripatetic construction of the aesymneteia of E.

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Hölkeskamp, Karl-Joachim (Cologne), “Epimenes”, 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 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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