Dēmos · Classical Athenian Democracy · a Stoa Publication
A Summary of: Athenian Political Art from the fifth and fourth centuries: Images of Tribal (Eponymous) Heroes
Amy C. Smith, edition of January 18 2003
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As usual in ancient Athenian affairs, politics and religion came hand in hand and, after due consultation with Apollo’s oracle at Delphi, each new tribe was assigned to a particular hero after whom the tribe was named; the ten tribal heroes are thus known as the eponymous (or name giving) heroes.