Thursday, May 12, 2016
Borders, or the Lack of Them
You're about to graduate into a complex and borderless world.In ancient Athens, it was the job of 18-year-old males (cadets or ephebes, ἔφηβοι), before they became full citizens, to patrol and protect the borders, according to Aristotle, Constitution of the Athenians 42.4-5 (my translation):
They patrol the countryside and reside in the guard-posts. They serve on guard duty for two years.In general see Josiah Ober, Fortress Attica: Defense of the Athenian Land Frontier 404-322 B.C. (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1985).
περιπολοῦσι τὴν χώραν καὶ διατρίβουσιν ἐν τοῖς φυλακτηρίοις. φρουροῦσι δὲ τὰ δύο ἔτη.
Related post: The Athenian Ephebic Oath.