and in addition to these the
superintendence of athletic and Dionysiac contests and of any similar displays
that happen to be held. Some of these offices are obviously not of a popular
character, for instance that of Superintendent of Women and of Children; for the
poor having no slaves are forced to employ their women and children as servants.
There are three offices which in some states supervise the election of the chief
magistrates—Guardians of the Laws, Preliminary Councillors and
Council; of these the Guardians of the Laws are an aristocratic institution, the
Preliminary Councillors oligarchic, and a Council democratic.
We have now therefore spoken in outline about almost all the
offices of state.