In Gehennese tradition, the second of the [[Four Lives]]] that make up an ideal career of public service is the Life of the Warrior. A man is expected to be a warrior, serving the state in the armed forces, from the age of twenty to the age of forty. Not all citizens go on to the the life of the magistrate (see eupatridai), but service with the militia at least is compulsory (but see shield-money), and citizens of warrior age are legally obliged to own and keep weapons and armour appropriate to their wealth. A sound record as a warrior is necessary for any serious candidate for a magistracy. See agema, ephebe, hoplite, and makhetes.

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