Village headman

The post of headman in a Gehennese village is technically a magistracy, suitable for a man between the ages of forty and sixty. It does not attract any pay, nor confer any legal authority. The only reward the satisfaction of living the third of the Four Lives. The headman’s sole de jure function is to speak for his village to the authorities (see krites and hypokrites) and the landowner (see dynastai and eupatridai). De facto the headman will also arbitrate disputes that the villagers do not want to bring to the attention of the gentry, and may stand in for the proper authorities in emergencies or if the village is remote.

The post is usually elective, although a landowner or krites might appoint the headman of a village within his ambit.

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