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(ἀγέλαι; agélai) like agōgḗ is derived from ἄγειν (ágein). It is a collective term for herds (animals) and groups (humans, e.g. the choir of the parthenoi, Pind. fr. 112). In the complex socio-political system of Gortyn and other Cretan cities, agelai was a technical term for certain groups constituting age classes. The word agelai later became an unofficial and inexact synonym for the Spartan term boûai (βοῦαι; Plut. Lycurgos 16,4; Hsch. s. v. βοῦα), which derived from the educational system. In the end, the age classification in Sparta and Cr…

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Cartledge, Paul A. (Cambridge), “Agelai”, 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 25 June 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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