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Headword: *)/arxein
Adler number: alpha,4090
Translated headword: to hold office
Vetting Status: high
In more common parlance they[1] even used to call minor responsibilities and tasks "offices", and to have served on the council[2] [could be termed] "to have held office"; for [it is] a light responsibility. Aristophanes [writes]: "does not the city then purposely appoint jurors to hold office?"[3]
Greek Original:
*)/arxein: koino/teron kai\ ta\s mikra\s e)pistasi/as kai\ leitourgi/as a)rxa\s e)/legon, kai\ to\ bouleu=sai a)/rcai: yilh\ ga\r e)pistasi/a. *)aristofa/nhs: ou)kou=n dikasta\s e)cepi/thdes h( po/lis a)/rxein kaqi/sthsin.
[1] The Athenians of the classical period.
[2] The Kleisthenic Council of 500 (boule).
[3] Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 916-917 (web address 1 below); again at epsilon 1637. The scholia on this passage supply the material of the present entry.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; constitution; definition; law
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 8 April 2001@21:39:21.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; augmented note; added keyword) on 22 April 2001@10:12:13.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 4 December 2005@08:46:33.
Catharine Roth (updated link) on 14 June 2007@01:03:24.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 14 June 2007@03:06:53.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 23 April 2012@06:09:40.


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