from The Century Dictionary.
- In Greek antiquity, members of the council or boule of a Greek city. See
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By then, they ruled the cities, with little power left to the former civic institutions (such as the ekklèsia, or the boulè) and even surpassed by far the wealth and influence of the normal curiales/bouleutai (members of the boulè), who carried most of the financial burdens on their shoulders and tried to escape by whatever means their fiscal duties.
Annual magistrates (duoviri, archontes, strategoi, grammateis) drawn from the body of municipal senators (decuriones, bouleutai) were responsible for maintaining law and order and ensuring municipal as well as imperial taxes.