In Sparta the gerousia was probably originally an assembly of representatives from leading families. There it gained its institutional character from early on and consisted of the two kings and 28 gérontes (γέροντες), who were appointed for life and were at least 60 years old. Election took place on the basis of the volume of the acclamation in the apélla (ἀπέλλα), with ‘electoral officials’ in a closed room deciding who got the strongest ap…
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