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  • noun Plural form of ephebe.


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  • ” At the end of the first year each ephebus was given a spear and a shield; after receiving these arms, the ephebi took their oath. (pp. 1–2) Adaptations of the oath, with varying translations, have been used by American colleges and universities.

    Athenian Ephebic Oath

  • 'Adspice Plautus quo pacto partis tutetur amantis ephebi, ut patris attenti, lenonis ut insidiosi, quantus sit Dossenus edacibus in parasitis, quam non adstricto percurrat pulpita socco.

    The Student's Companion to Latin Authors

  • Attici noctem celebrare mystae: 10 tanta per campos agitur silentis turba; pars tarda graditur senecta, tristis et longa satiata uita; pars adhuc currit melioris aeui: uirgines nondum thalamis iugatae15 et comis nondum positis ephebi matris et nomen modo doctus infans. his datum solis, minus ut timerent, igne praelato releuare noctem; ceteri uadunt per opaca tristes.

    The Last Pilgrimage

  • [+] These two years which the ephebi of Athens had to serve under arms have been aptly likened to the military service now required of young men in European countries.

    A Day in Old Athens; a Picture of Athenian Life

  • A band of young ephebi of the garrison eye us as we enter; but we seem neither Spartans nor

    A Day in Old Athens; a Picture of Athenian Life

  • Next the _ephebi_, — the youths close to manhood, whose fair limbs glistened under their sweeping chitons.

    A Victor of Salamis

  • Observing before the gate a crowd of men in white vestments, and along the road, on one side the ephebi, and on the other the boys, in separate bodies, he was out of humour, supposing that this was done out of honour and respect to him who wanted nothing of the kind.

    Plutarch's Lives Volume III.

  • ’ Later, it was adopted as the oath to be taken by ephebi, young men of eighteen to twenty years, enrolled in the Ephebic College established in 335–334 B.C. to implement a state-supported system of military training…. every legitimate son of pure Athenian parentage who had reached the age of eighteen must, in order to be admitted to citizenship, be enrolled therein and undergo its two-year course of rigorous training in military and civic duties and activities.

    Athenian Ephebic Oath


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