officers at [p. 1.969]
Athens, who had to take care of the
roads (οἱ ὁδῶν ἐπιμεληταί,
s. v.) They are alluded to, though not
mentioned by name, in the fragment of a comic poet of the time of Pericles,
now ascribed to Cratinus (ap. Plut. Praec. Reip. Ger.
p. 811 F.). Nothing is known about them except that on one occasion, in the
time of Aeschines, their duties were discharged by the managers of the
Theoric fund (Aeschin. c. Ctes.
§ 25); this,
however, appears to have been a temporary abuse, and afterwards rectified.
(Boeckh, P. E.
p. 203 = Sthh.
3 1.257; Schömann, Antiq.
415 E. T.) W. S.]
. We now learn that
they were five in number, and appointed by lot: they [p. 1.1070]
roads, having public slaves (δημόσιοι
) under them (Ἀθ. πολ.