), ten commissioners, chosen out of the body of
Athenian citizens without distinction of tribes, in order to secure the
efficiency and promptitude of a naval expedition (ἀπόστολος
) which had been voted. They were thus an
extraordinary authority, appointed by decree of the people. (Böckh,
Urkunden über das Seewesen,
p. 466; Hudtwalcker,
p. 71; Meier and Schömann,
p. 112, with Lipsius' note in the new ed.)
They had the power, in certain cases, of imprisoning a trierarch who
neglected to furnish his ship properly (Dem. de
p. 262.107, with the scholia); they controlled the giving out
of stores from the dockyards for this purpose, and, subject to an appeal to
the senate, they decided any disputes which arose when a ship was handed on
from one trierarch to another. In time of peace these duties were probably
discharged by the ἐπιμεληταὶ τῶν
an inferior body chosen by lot. (Dem. c. Everg.
pp. 1147.26, 1149.33, 1150.37; de Cor.
p. 1229.4; Böckh, P. E.
543; Schömann, Antiq.