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Aeisitoi

(100 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
[German version] (ἀείσιτοι; aeísitoi). Aeisitoi are entitled, not just occasionally but regularly, to participate in the banquets prepared by the Greek states (cf. Poll. 9,40). In Athens one so honoured was accorded   sitesis in the  Prytaneion (e.g. IG II/III2 I 1,450b) [2; 3]; as aeisitoi were designated also the officials who were assigned to the council and who ate with the   prytaneis (e.g. Agora XV 86) [1]. Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham) Bibliography 1 Agora XV, 1974, 7-8 2 A. S. Henry, Honours and Privileges in Athenian Decrees, 1983, 275-78 archontes 3 M. J. Osborne, Entertainmen…

Deka

(286 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
[German version] (οἱ δέκα; hoi déka) ‘the Ten’; a committee of ten men, elected after the overthrow of the Thirty in 403 BC to rule the oligarchy of Athens. According to Lysias (12,58) and some other sources, they were to work towards a peace settlement (accepted by [2]), but there is no hint of this in Xenophon (Hell. 2,4,23f.) and it is probably not so (cf. [1]), although the democrats around  Thrasybulus may have hoped that the change of regime in Athens would be followed by a change in direction.…

Ephodion

(65 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
[German version] (ἐφόδιον; ephódion, ‘travel money’). In Greece, ephodion denotes the allowance for travel expenses paid to an ambassador (e.g. in Athens: Tod 129; cf. the parody in Aristoph. Ach. 65-67; in Chios: SIG3 402). In the Hellenistic and Roman periods a rich citizen could aid his city by declining such a payment due to him (e.g. IPriene 108). Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)

Petalismos

(113 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
[German version] (πεταλισμός; petalismós). Petalismos was the name for a ballot using the leaves (πέταλα/ pétala) of the olive tree. At Syracusae, the petalismos was the equivalent of the Athenian ostrakismós , i.e. a procedure for sentencing a leading individual to a period of banishment without finding him guilty of a misdemeanour. Diodorus Siculus (11,87) mentions the petalismos for the year 454/3 BC: it was introduced in the wake of a failed attempt to set up a tyrannis; its consequence was a five-year exile, but it was soon abolished again, as the fear of falling victim to the petalismo…

Strategos

(1,303 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham) | Ameling, Walter (Jena) | Tinnefeld, Franz (Munich)
(στρατηγός/ stratēgós, 'army leader'; pl. strategoi). In many Greek states the formal title for a military commander. [German version] I. Classical Greece In Athens, strategoi are occasionally mentioned earlier (e.g. Peisistratus [4] as strategos; Hdt. 1,59,4; [Aristot.] Ath. pol. 17,2), but it was only after the tribal reorganization of Cleisthenes [2], probably first in 501/0 BC, that a regular board of strategoi was appointed: one from each of the 10 phylai, elected annually by the assembly (but candidates may have been pre-selected in the phylai, see [2]), and eligible for …

Corinthian League

(450 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
[German version] Modern term for the union of Greek states brought into being in 338/7 BC at an assembly in Corinth by  Philippus II of Macedonia after the battle of  Chaeronea (338 BC). The league evidently included all Greek states with the exception of Sparta, and was associated with a treaty establishing a ‘general peace’ (  koinḕ eirḗnē ). The members' oath and list of league members have survived in part in the form of an inscription (IG II2 236 = Tod 177; further information in Dem. Or. 17). The customary obligations of the treaty among its co-signatories also incl…

Boule

(1,326 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
(Βουλή; Boulḗ) . [German version] A. General In Greek communities the boule was a council assembly, usually that responsible for current public duties, which also had to prepare the work of the public assembly (  ekklēsía ). Composition and responsibilities could change according to the respective form of constitution. In Homeric times the council consisted of nobles convened by the king as advisors; in oligarchically organized communities the boule could become a relatively powerful body, compared with a comparatively weak public assembly, by restricting eligibility a…

Synoikismos

(484 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
[German version] (συνοικισμός/ synoikismós, lit. 'living together'). In the Greek world, the combination of several smaller communities to form a single larger community. Sometimes the union was purely political and did not affect the pattern of settlement or the physical existence of the separate communities: this is what the Athenians supposed to have happened when they attributed the Attic synoikismos to Theseus, commemorated by a festival in classical times, the Synoikia (Thuc. …

Archai

(511 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
[German version] (ἀρχαί; archaí, ‘office holder’). In most Greek states the powers of hereditary kings were divided in the  Dark Ages and the archaic period and distributed among a series of officials ( archai or   archontes ), who were usually appointed for a year, often without the option of re-election. This process cannot be traced in detail because the sources tend toward a too schematic reconstruction. Apart from the offices that were responsi…

Aisymnetes

(276 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
[German version] (αἰσυμνήτης; aisymnḗtēs). Formed from aísa (‘fate’) and   mna (‘to have in mind’): ‘one who has fate in mind (and announces it to the one it affects)’. The Phaeacians (Hom. Od. 8,258-9) name nine aisymnetai, who are responsible for contests ( agones), in the Iliad 24,347 a prince's son appears as aisymnḗtēs. Aristotle sees in the aisymnetes of ancient Greece a kind of monarch, a ‘chosen tyrant’, as demonstrated in  Pittacus of Mytilene around 600 (Pol. 3,1285a 29 - b 1). In the 5th cent. the word appears in Teos synonymously with ‘tyrant’ (Syll.3 38 = ML 30,A; SEG 31,985…

Toxotai

(269 words)

Author(s): Burckhardt, Leonhard | Rhodes, Peter J.
(τοξόται, “Bogenschützen”). [English version] [1] Bogenschützen allgem. Pfeil und Bogen sind sehr alte Waffen; sie waren in Griechenland seit myk. Zeit verbreitet, waren aber nicht die normalen Waffen eines adligen Helden und galten weniger als etwa Schwert oder Lanze; Homer erwähnt t. und ihre Waffe mehrmals (z. B. Hom. Il. 4,93-126; 11,385-395; Philoktetes auf Lemnos: Soph. Phil. 287-292; 707-711; 1146-1162). Gegen E. der archa. Zeit stützte Polykrates [1] von Samos sich auf Söld…

Nomothetai

(638 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
[English version] (νομοθέται, “Gesetz-Erlasser”). Amtsträger, die für den Entwurf oder den Erlaß von Gesetzen verantwortlich waren. Ein Text aus Korkyra weist womöglich darauf hin, daß dort die n. nach der grundsätzlichen Entscheidung der Volksversammlung die endgültige Fassung zusammenstellten und aufzeichneten (IMagn 44). In Kyme [3] mußte ein Beschluß der Volksversammlung von dem dazu bestimmten Antragsteller des Gesetzes ( eisagōgeús ) vor einen “Nomothetengerichtshof” ( nomothetikón dikastḗrion gebracht werden (IK 5,12). In Athen wurden, falls Thukydides (8,…

Skythai

(156 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J.

Rhabdophoroi

(97 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
[English version] (ῥαβδοφόροι, “Stabträger”, auch als ῥαβδοῦχοι/ rhabdúchoi, “Stabhalter” bezeichnet). Das Wort wurde für verschiedene Beamte verwendet, die einen Stock oder Stab als Amtsinsignie führten, insbes. für Funktionäre bei Wettbewerben und anderen Festen, und zwar für die Schiedsrichter (Plat. Prot. 338a 8) ebenso wie für deren Gehilfen, die der Einhaltung der Regeln Nachdruck verliehen (für Athen: Aristoph. Pax 734; für Olympia: Thuk. 5,50,4). In röm. Kontext wurden die griech. Bezeichnungen rh. und rhabdúchoi für die lictores ( lictor…

Katoptai

(105 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
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Amphiktyonia

(557 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
[English version] (ἀμφικτυονία). Vermutlich entstanden aus amphi-ktiones = “die in der Umgebung leben” (Androt. FGrH 324 F 58), obwohl die Griechen es gewöhnlich von einem eponymen Heros Amphiktyon ableiteten (z. B. Hdt. 7,200; Theop. FGrH 115 F 63). A. bezeichnet einen Bund, der sich um ein Heiligtum gruppiert und dessen Kult pflegt. In der Regel lebten die Kultgenossen in der Nähe des Heiligtums, die bedeutendste jedoch, die A. von Anthela und Delphoi, umfaßte schließlich Mitglieder aus vielen Teile…

Symmoria

(294 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J.
[English version] (συμμορία). Eine Gruppierung im Athen des 4. Jh. v. Chr., die zur Zahlung der Vermögenssteuer ( eisphorá

Autokrator

(286 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham) | Tinnefeld, Franz (München)
(Αὐτοκράτωρ). [English version] A. Griechisch Die Bedeutung “Herrschaft über sich selbst ausübend” drückt den Gegensatz zur Unterwerfung unter einen fremden Willen aus. So nehmen die Thebaner für sich in Anspruch, ihre Parteinahme für die Perser in 480 sei einer herrschenden dynasteia zuzuschreiben, nicht der ganzen Stadt, die a. über sich gewesen sei (Thuk. 3,62,3-4). Als a. werden oft auch Beamte und Gesandte bezeichnet, wenn ihnen mehr Macht als in diesen Funktionen üblich zugestanden wird. Dieser Hintergrund wird z.B. klar, wenn die Athener 415…

Apostoleis

(83 words)

Author(s): Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
[English version] (ἀποστολεῖς). Athenische Behörde, die für die Aussendung von Flottenexpeditionen verantwortlich war und anscheinend jeweils ad hoc bei besonderen Gelegenheiten gebildet wurde. 357/6 v. Chr. waren sie zusammen mit den epimeletaí der Werften dafür zuständig, Streitfälle unter Trierarchen vor Gericht zu bringen (Demosth. or. 47,26); 325/4 wurden 10 A. gewählt, die unter der Aufsicht des Rates tätig sein sollten (IG II/III2 II 1, 1629 = Tod, 200, 251-58).…
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