Among hoplites, an ouragos is an experienced and dependable soldier placed at the back of a file to keep order and deal with the unexpected. The file leader (stikhagos) fights in the front row and cannot see to the disciple of the troops, so it must be the file closer who keeps the common soldiers up to their tasks. In the Classical and Decadent Periods ouragoi are appointed among troops of other types (e.g. peltasts, archers) to act as junior non-commissioned officers.

The pay of an ouragos is one and a half obols per day, plus possible pay for panoply.

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