A Conversation for Demokratia - the Athenian Democracy


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"whose votes were counted by the proedroi, a group of nine chairmen of the ekklesia assembly, also voted by the assembly. These proedroi were able to hold onto their position for more than a year, if voted in again, and are roughly comparable to the upper tiers of the cabinet present in British government. It is from these that Pericles, a famous Greek general/politician rose to became an almost absolute ruler of Athens during the Pelopennesian war."

I studied pericles and I've never heard of Proedroi. I was taught that his pre-eminence came mostly from his role as a strategoi or general, and his skills as a public speaker. Can you explain?

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