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Headword: Thesmothetai
Adler number: theta,267
Translated headword: thesmothetai
Vetting Status: high
It is a certain office at Athens. Despite being six in number, [they come] from the so-called nine archons. They have this name because their task used to be the care of the laws.[1] Aeschines in the [speech] Against Ktesiphon has said that these men used to put right the laws every year.[2]
Greek Original:
Thesmothetai: archê tis estin Athênêsin. hex de ontôn ton arithmon kaitoi ek tôn kaloumenôn th# archontôn. kalountai de houtôs, hoti tôn nomôn tên epimeleian eichon. hoti de tous nomous houtoi diôrthoun kat' eniauton hekaston, eirêken Aischinês en tôi kata Ktêsiphôntos.
Abridged from Harpokration (and Photius) s.v., commenting in the first instance on Demosthenes 22.21.
See also theta 266, and generally OCD(4) s.v.
[1] The explanation as it stands is a non sequitur, an extra clause in Harpokration ("and they used to call laws statutes, thesmoi") being here omitted.
[2] Aeschines 3.38. (Harpok. had also cited the Nomoi of Theophrastus: fr. 1 S-M = 632 Fortenbaugh.)
Keywords: constitution; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; law; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 November 2000@06:50:35.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 13 August 2003@01:06:34.
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 13 August 2003@03:37:24.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 7 October 2005@09:47:24.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks) on 10 July 2011@08:01:24.
David Whitehead on 1 January 2013@09:18:02.
David Whitehead on 5 August 2014@07:06:12.
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