Spartan Political System- EPHORS

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5
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Elected...?
Annually by the Apella. Could not run more than once. Any Spartiate (citizen) could run.
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They prevented...?
Tyranny of kings
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Shared...?
Power with Kings. By C6th, had at least equal power. Could put Kings on trial.
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First to...?
Receive ambassadors and make foreign policy decisions.
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May have come from...?
Need for governors while Kings in battle.
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Plutarch Life of Lycurgus 7...?
After Lycurgus the Spartans "saw oligarchy as...undiluted and dominant...so they imposed upon it the authority of the Ephors as a curb." "130 year after Lycurgus that the first were appointed."
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Xenophon Constitution/S.Soc 15...?
"The monthly oath of the Ephors is to keep the king’s position unshaken so long as he abides by his oath."
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Criticism of Aristotle, Politics...?
Any one can run for office- even poor (thus corrupt) men. "Have jurisdiction in lawsuits of high importance.” "Certain Ephors were corrupted with money."
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Thucydides, History of Peloponnesian War 87...?
434BC- King Archidamus didn't want war with Athens. Ephor Sthenelaidas did, and claimed he "could not tell which side (of the Apella) had the louder shout. Manipulated them for war.
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Herodotus' Histories...?
Ephors summoned King Anaxandridas- get rid of barren wife + re-marry.
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