Gerousia

The Gerousia (γερουσία) was the Spartan council of elders. This governmental body is a gerontocracy that was made up of 60-year-old Spartan males. It was created by the Spartan lawgiver Lycurgus in the seventh century BC, in his Great Rhetra (`Great Pronouncement`). According to Lycurgus` biographer Plutarch, the Gerousia was the first ......
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gerousia

in ancient Sparta, council of elders, one of the two chief organs of the Spartan state, the other being the apella (assembly). The functions of both ... [2 related articles]
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Gerousia

the Royal Council, or Council of Elders in Sparta. Thirty in number, comprised of the two kings, plus 28 citizen members. With the exception of the kings, its members had to be a minimum of 60 years old, and were elected by the Assembly to life terms. The Gerousia was the lawmaking body of the Spartan government, and could also overturn a vote by t...
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