Pentakosiomedimnae

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Pentakosiomedimnae

 

(also pentakosiomedimnoi, pen-tacosiomedimni), in ancient Athens, the wealthiest census group of citizens according to Solon’s reform (594–593 B.C.). Those so classified had annual incomes of at least 500 medimnae of grain, wine, or oil (one medimnus was equal to approximately 41 to 52 liters). The pentakosiomedimnae could be elected to the highest offices, those of archon, strategus, and steward. They also bore several duties, including performance of the liturgies (state obligations). The pentakosiomedimnae existed as a census group until the fourth century B.C. [19–992–4.]

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