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(ἐξηγηταί/exēgētaí, from the Greek ἐξηγέομαι/exēgéomai, ‘interpret, expound’). In general terms, the advisors, interpreters, and leaders; specifically the expounders of the originally oral tradition of sacred law in Athens. There were three categories of exegetai who enjoyed lifelong office: the Eumolpidṓn, appointed from among the Eumolpidae; the Pythóchrēstoi, appointed by the Delphic oracle, and the Eupatridṓn selected by the demos (people) from the  Eupatridae. [1. 24-40; 2. 34-52]. The exegetai Eumolpidṓn were responsible for the correct obs…

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Chaniotis, Angelos (Heidelberg), “Exegetai”, 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 23 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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