An account of the Athenian secretaries and a list of the archons
from the fifth to the second centuries B.C., based on available
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Probably that which more than anything else determined the shape of the mechanism of Athenian government was the institution of the ten tribes. Before Kleisthenes’ time there had been four tribes only, ΓЄλЄovƮЄs, “OπλɳιЄs, ‘ApγaδЄΐs and AîγikopЄΐs, so called from the four sons of Ion. From the little we can learn of them, they seem to have been local and social in character, and therefore different in kind from those with which we are familiar in later times. Kleisthenes in devising the ten tribes strove to make them unlike their predecessors, and probably succeeded. The Kleisthenean tribes were also different...
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