[The Agora]

The Strategeion

This building was probably the headquarters of the ten generals (strategoi). The strategoi were among the few officials elected (as opposed to being selected by lot) and were the real positions of power. Pericles guided Athens as general of his tribe for nearly 30 years. All citizens were liable for military sevice: first a compulsory two years from 18 as an "ephebe" spent usually at a fort on the frontiers of Athens such as Panakton or Phyle, thereafter (until 60) conscripted when required by notices posted at the Eponymous Heroes.

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