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(νομοφύλακες / nomophýlakes, ‘guardians of the law’)

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I. Classical Period

In the Classical Period, nomophýlakes were officials responsible for ensuring compliance with the laws (nómoi). In Athens, the Areopagus (Areios Pagos) was said to have performed the function of the nomophylakía  until the reforms of Ephialtes [2] (462 BC) ([Aristot.] Ath. Pol. 3,6; [4,4]; 8,4; 25,2). According to one version in a fragment of Philochorus (FGrH 328 F 64), E…

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Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham), Ameling, Walter (Jena) and Tinnefeld, Franz (Munich), “Nomophylakes”, 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 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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