|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Ancient History|
|Editors||Roger S Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B Champion, Andrew Erskine, Sabine R Huebner|
|State||Published - 2012|
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).