Strateia en tois eponymois
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Strateia en tois eponymois: Aeschines in De false
legatione. (1) Aristotle explains
in the Athenaion Politeia what a campaign en tois
He writes: "There are ten eponymous heroes of the tribes and forty-two
of the age-groups.(3) Formerly the
names of the ephebes who were being enrolled were inscribed on whitened
tablets, and above their names were written those of the archon in whose year
they were enrolled and the eponymous hero who ??> in the previous year.
Now, however, they are inscribed before the boule." (4) A little later (5) Aristotle writes: "They use the eponymous heroes also for campaigns. When they
send out an age-group they indicate who is to serve by writing the
names of the eponymous archons (6) of the youngest and
being called up."
2.Ath. Pol. 53.4.
3. In other words, citizen males were
eligible for military service
for forty-two years, from the ages of eighteen to fifty-nine.
4. Ath. Pol. 53.4 is more clear:
the names are inscribed on
a bronze stele which is set up in front of the bouleuterion.
5. Ath. Pol. 53.7.
6. Ath. Pol. 53.7 explains that
the age-groups were identified
by both archon and eponymous hero.
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