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pōlētai


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‘sellers’, were Athenian officials. They existed in the time of Solon. In Aristotle's time there were ten, appointed annually by lot from the ten phylai. They conducted the selling or leasing of property belonging to the state, esp. property confiscated from convicted offenders. They sold as slaves metics who failed to pay the metics' tax, and they let rights to work mines, to collect taxes, and to carry out public works. The method generally used was an auction held in the presence of the boule. The poletai then made out lists of the payments due from purchasers and tenants; sales of confiscated property and mining leases were inscribed on stone, and numerous fragments of these inscriptions have been found.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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