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Was a monthly festival of Apollo held at Sparta and elsewhere. On this day the stated meetings of the Spartan assembly (see ekklesia) were held. The assembly comprised all Spartiate male citizens in good standing. With the concurrence of the gerousia (council of elders), and under the presidency of an ephor, it had the right to vote on laws, decide on peace or war and the conclusion of treaties, elect ephors and other officials and members of the gerousia, appoint military commanders and emancipate helots—all normally by shouting, not the counting of individual votes.

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