- one of a body of magistrates in various ancient Dorian states, especially at Sparta, where a body of five was elected annually by the people.
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Chilo, the Lacedaemonian ephor, is placed also among the seven.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete
Upon this the same Ephor asked him whether he repented of what he had done.
In 560 (or 556) he acted as ephor, an office which he is even said to have founded.
Ephor, ef′or, n. a class of magistrates whose office apparently originated at Sparta, being peculiar to the Doric states.
He also gave out that he intended to remain in office as Ephor for the next year as well.
- (in ancient Greece) one of a board of senior magistrates in any of several Dorian states, esp the five Spartan ephors, who were elected by vote of all full citizens and who wielded effective power