), a board
at Athens, reckoned among the directors of public works (ἐπιστάται τῶν δημοσίων ἔργων,
), and having a
) of their own. Their
principal duty was to provide for the building of a certain number (probably
twenty, cf. Diod. 11.43
) of new triremes every
year. The name appears to occur only in Dem. c. Androt.
598.17; but they are clearly referred to in Aeschin. c. Ctes.
§ 30. In the latter passage we are told that they were neither an
but belonged to those οὓς αἱ φυλαὶ καὶ αἱ τριττύες καὶ οἱ δῆμοι ἐξ
ἑαυτῶν αἱροῦνται τὰ δημόσια χρήματα διαχειρίζειν
it is clear from Demosthenes that the senate was in some way responsible for
their conduct, a fact which is nowhere stated of the τειχοποιοὶ
or other similar bodies. Combining the two
accounts, it seems likely that they were appointed by the senate, one for
each tribe, either as a committee of the Bouleutae themselves or as a
subordinate body, and that they either chose their own treasurer or had one
chosen for them by the senate, whose responsibility for its delegated
authority was thus maintained. (Cf. Boeckh, P. E.
p. 249 =
3 1.316; Seeurk.
p. 59; K. F. Hermann, Staatsalterth.
126, 161.) [W.W
. See BOULÉ. In the words of Ath. Pol. 46,
) τὰς τριήρεις, δέκα ἄνδρας
ἐξ [ἁπάντων] ἑλομένη τριηροποιούς,
we suggest that the
lacuna is to be supplied with ἑαυτῆς
rather than ἁπάντων.
may possibly have been a subordinate
body appointed by, as they were unquestionably responsible to, the βουλή
: but it is more likely that they were a
committee of the Bouleutae themselves.