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MASTIGO´PHORI

MASTIGO´PHORI or MASTIGO´NOMI (μαστιγοφόροι or μαστιγονόμοι), the name of the lower police-officers in the Greek states, who carried into execution the corporal punishments inflicted by the higher magistrates. Thus Lycurgus assigned mastigophori to the Paedonomus at Sparta, who had the general superintendence of the education of the boys (Xen. Rep. Lac. 2.2, 4.6; Hellen. 3.11; Plut. Lyc. 17). In the theatre the mastigophori preserved order, and were stationed for this purpose in the orchestra, near the thymele (Schol. ad Plat. p. 99, Ruhnken; Lucian, Pisc. 33). In the Olympic games the ῥαβδοῦχοι performed the [p. 2.130]same duties. At Athens they were discharged by the public slaves, called bowmen (τοξόται), or Scythians (Σκύθαι). [DEMOSII]

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    • Xenophon, Constitution of the Lacedaimonians, 2.2
    • Plutarch, Lycurgus, 17
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