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Gunaikonomoi & Nomophulakes—A Comparison

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Astunomoi were involved, both prior to and after Demetrius of Phalerum's regime, in maintaining the paths along which processions moved; gunaikonomoi may have shared an interest in festival processions, since such officials are well attested as doing this in other Greek states. The restriction of the astunomoi may be related in some way to the creation of the gunaikonomoi, although the exact transition is not documented. It is conceivable that Demades' diminution of the astunomoi might have preceded, and indeed encouraged, the creation of the new board to absorb some of the functions once performed by the full board of astunomoi; thus too when the astunomoi were recreated later in the third century, they retained functions typical of the gunaikonomoi with their supervision of religious processions. If this relationship between astunomoi and gunaikonomoi is correct, it provides a parallel for the process of formation of the nomophulakes from the hendeka.

Keywords: astunomoi; Demetrius of Phalerum; gunaikonomoi; nomophulakes



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