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Aisymneteai were obscure, mainly Archaic officials or rulers seemingly associated with the demos and mediation; the etymology is unknown. Among Homer's Phaeacians nine aisymnetai, demioi (“from the people”), “managed [presseskon] everything well in contests/ gatherings” (Od. 8.258–60). Homer's imperfect verb indicates that they were not ad hoc; despite scholastic suggestions, nowhere do they arbitrate contests (contrast brabeus; Achilles in Il. 23.270–897).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Ancient History
EditorsRoger S Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B Champion, Andrew Erskine, Sabine R Huebner
ISBN (Electronic)978-1444338386
ISBN (Print)978-1405179355
StatePublished - 2012


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