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Members of the upper class who are eligible for local offices, typically seats in the senate or council, the "boule". In Alexandria, the bouletai often engaged in business activities, such as landowning, financial speculation, and trade. Membership of the bouletic class does not appear to have anything to do with religion, though the political elite were known to embrace positions that were "inoffensive" to the current ruling class due to the frequent changes in political and religious leadership.
Posted at Nov 30/2010 03:01PM:
ian: A key group for the social organization and administration of Greco-Roman Egypt - often resulting in semi-official responsibilities that were more of a curse than a blessing.