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Synhedrion
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(συνέδριον/syn(h)édrion, lit. 'sitting together').

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I. Greek

Term used for various kinds of meetings and of bodies capable of holding meetings. Thus in Athens it can be used of the Areopagus and the Council (Boule) of Five Hundred (Aeschin. In Ctes. 19–20), of the archons (Archontes) and their paredroi (Dem. Or. 59,83), or of any official doing business in his place of business (Lys. 9,6; 9,9).

There are several particular uses of the term. Many individual states called their council synhed…

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Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham) and Ego, Beate (Osnabrück), “Synhedrion”, 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 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1127180>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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