A commission as an officer in the militia, an Aotos or Sacred Band, or the regular army is a usual part of the career of public service expected of an upper-class citizen. The upper ranks are considered posts for magistrates, the lower ranks, for warriors (see Four Lives). Commissions are often obtained though, and are sources of, patronage. The distinguishing insignia of an officer is a dark green diadem, often tied about the helmet.

See hypolokhagos, hypotaxiarkh, hypotagmarkh, hypostrategos, lokhagos, polemarkh, taxiarkh, tagmarkh, and strategos.

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