Talk:Boule (ancient Greece)

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This article needs to also discuss the African American Boule ...

What's that? Bastie 10:33, 14 October 2005 (UTC)

-Don't know about the "African American Boule," but I know the African Boule is a community that lives on the Ivory Coast in West Africa.--Rowah 22:21, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

If there is such a thing as an African-American Boule, it should be a separate article and listed in the disambig. page. Jim 17:11, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Old Comments[edit]

Created a disambiguation page out of the old Boule page and started some substantial edits.Jim 07:39, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

Material moved from Council of Five Hundred[edit]

I don't have the knowledge to know quite what to do with this material with merge potential, so I'm placing it here for someone else to resolve. It was in Council of Five Hundred, which is about the French Consulate. - Jmabel | Talk 02:29, 19 November 2006 (UTC)

An earlier Council of 500 existed in ancient Athens. This council was created by Cleisthenes around 500 BC, for preparing legislation in Athens' first attempts at democracy (though a similar council of 400 was said to have been formed by Solon). All adult male citizens of Athens were eligible to be on the Council of 500; members were chosen by lot and replaced every year. (from Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy, by Donald Kagan) It was like the 5 Ephors of Sparta. It was designed to give everyone a political experience and participation. This all depended on who you are. If you were from neighboring areas, you were not granted full citizenship. This council was a result of social engieering. There were clan groups of extended family in Athens that were linked to different regions. Some were wealthier and smarter than others. Cleisthenes created 10 new tribes. Each tribe was then subdivided into deams. Each tribe had to put forth 50 full-citizen males to serve on the coucil. After their year was up, the same people couldn't be chosen for another 10 years.

This appears to describe the Athenian boule, but I wouldn't do much with it. It either covers material already in the article, makes tendentious and unsourced statements, and does not have neutral POV. Just leave it alone is my suggestion. Jim 17:10, 16 April 2007 (UTC)


"boulê" is connected with the verb "bouleuô", meaning "I deliberate". Pamour (talk) 14:03, 16 October 2008 (UTC) king butt rocks dude

Boule as a 'locus'[edit]

The text in The Boule in the Democracy of the late Fifth Century says: "The boule was considered the cornerstone of the democratic constitution, providing a locus for day to day activities and holding together the many disparate administrative functions of the government." Should 'locus' be 'focus'? The boule was a group of people not a place. Myrvin (talk) 09:25, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

Were Thetes ever officially allowed to serve in Boule?[edit] says that "One of (Pericles's) most popular reforms was to allow thetes (Athenians without wealth) to occupy public office," implying that thetes could officially serve in the Boule. However, under | The_Reforms_of_Cleisthenes, this page says the restriction that thetes could not serve in the Boule was never "officially changed" but "fell out of practice". Which is it? I've also asked this on Bayle Shanks (talk) 19:40, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

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