). A term meaning literally an advocate, but used
in Athens to describe various magistrates. Thus the name is applied
to the five men who were appointed to defend, before the nomothetae
any law which it was proposed to abrogate (Adv. Lept.
501, Timocr. 707
to men chosen to speak for the people in cases where the δῆμος
was the complainant (Adv. Lept.
503, Hermann, Lehrb.
to orators appointed to plead the cause of Athens before courts or councils abroad
after the overthrow of the Thirty Tyrants, special officers called σύνδικοι
were appointed to deal with cases involving confiscated property
(De Bon. Aristoph.
32; Harpocr. s. v.).