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The vetting of candidates for office at Athens, before the thesmothetai (except candidates for the boule, who were examined by the outgoing boule). Men already chosen, whether by lot or by vote, but primarily the former, were formally interrogated to ascertain whether they were eligible: e.g. whether they were 30 years old; whether (in the case of certain offices at certain periods, e.g. the archonship: see archontes) they belonged to a particular census‐class; and whether they were not precluded from one office, because they had held it before, or were holding another, or through being under some form of atimia.

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