). A name applied in Greece to any persons
appointed to consult or take measures for the benefit of the people—e. g. delegates
sent by the twelve Ionic cities to the Panionian Council (Herod.vi.
) at the time of the Persian Wars. The word also denotes an oligarchical body which
exercises the functions performed in a democracy by the βουλή
, or is co-ordinate with the βουλή
check upon it (Arist. Pol. vi. 15, 11