). Specially the name of the ordinances of
Lycurgus. The word ῥῆτρα
means a solemn compact, either
originally emanating from or subsequently sanctioned by the gods, who are always parties to
such agreements. The rhetrae of Lycurgus emanated from the Delphian god; but the kings,
senators, and people all bound themselves, both to each other and to the gods, to obey them.
Plutarch mentions four rhetrae (
and 13), and describes them as relating to (a
) the building of a temple to Zeus and Athené (b
division of the people into φυλαί
) the establishment of the Senate (γερουσία
); and (d
) the assemblage of the
people at the time of the full moon.