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Not that the art of heal­ ing is the exclusive privilege of the professionals ; a woman has the reputation of knowing the virtues of all the plants, and warriors who are renowned for their skill in tending the wounded are none the less combatants. But certain doctors are professionals. The heralds hold an important position in society. They are attached to the person of the chiefs, and are the sacro­ sanct representatives of their authority as well as the obedient executors of their orders. Thus they have a political and religious function and at the same time act as pages.

Thus the great houses had their recognized parasite ; to the palace of Odysseus Iros is attached, the typical beggar by profession. But most of the poor people were only too glad to earn their living with their hands. It was a disgrace to pass as " a being incapable of any work and any effort, a mere burden upon the earth. " It was in this mob of unemployed that the land-owners and heads of houses sought the workers whom they needed in addition to their usual staff, and these workers were called Thetes.

The word generally used for them (dmos, dmoe) means " house­ ling, " like oikeus and famulus later. Already the practice of having a personal servant is so habitual that a slave spends his first savings on the purchase of another slave. The work of the house itself is chiefly done by women. In the humble house from which Laertes supervises his orchards an old woman prepares the food of the labourers and looks after the master. The palaces contain as many as fifty girls. " But the greater part of their time is given to the multifarious work connected with clothing.

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