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[154] ordaining that the election of the Elders, who were to supervise all public affairs, should be conducted with the very same care as, they say, our ancestors also exercised with regard to those who were to have seats in the Areopagus, and, furthermore, conferring upon the Elders1 the very same power which he knew that the Council of the Areopagus also had in Athens.

1 For the Spartan Gerousia, Council of Elders, see Gilbert, Greek Constitutional Antiquities p. 47.

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