). The third
class of Spartan youth with regard to age, the series being:
(aged 7-18), μελλίρανες
(20-30). The last
were distinguished again as πρωτίρανες
, according as they were near the lower or upper limit (Plut. Lyc. 17
). The boys and youths forming a
chose as their
) the wisest and bravest of the ἴρανες
( Plut. ib.; Rep. Lac.
ii. 11). These leaders
excepted, the ἴρανες
partook with their elders of the common
). See Müller, Dorians
ii. 315; Gilbert, Staatsalterth.
i. pp. 68, 71; and the article Education;
on the form of the word, see Kuhn's
viii. 53; Philol.
x. 431; and Stud.
iv. 1, 116.