(ἀγαθοεργοί; agathoergoi). The five agathoergoí - Spartan office holders only mentioned in Hdt. 1,67,5 -- were elected from the citizens who left the association of the hippeis and acted as emissaries in their year of office. The hippeis (horsemen) were a 300-man strong elite unit of 20- to 29-year-old Spartans, who formed the residing king's bodyguard and despite their name fought on foot (Hdt. 8,124,3; Thuc. 5,72,4; Xen. Lac. 4,3).
Cite this pageCartledge, Paul A. (Cambridge), “Agathoergoi”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e107180>
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