38 POLITICAL power of Mago's family.* The first point of resemblance to the Sparta polity which Aristotle men limit i*> flic common feasts of the political clubs (tratpt&v) similar to the Spartan phiditia, of which nothing whatever is known , + the next in the board of the hundred and fmr, answering in the rphuri of the Lacedaemonians, which however is in hr preferred to the cphorate, inasmuch as the memtn »^» .»»*: «hmrit ac~ cording to merit, while the latter arc Liken fi'«»m ihr Mnlinary citizens. The kings and senators arc much .dtkr MI buih states; but in Carthage* with yreatrr tviMiotu, it U tint re- quired that they should belong to tin* -Mine family, and they arc elected t > their office. The Carthaginian pMhiy IraiiN, he goes on to say, at one time more to the flrm*«rr.itic;, at an* other more to the oligarchic form ; and !*oiyimi* re-marks (vL, 51), that the people had already kc«i»tiitc, before the great war with the Romans, the chief powrr in the state. Its constitution resembled those uf Koine and Sparta, but had already passed its acme, The question, what affair* should be brought before the people, it was the province, as Aristotle remarks, for the kings* and the senate to decide; if they agreed* there was no need of referring the matter, but otherwise it went down to the people ; and when thus nub* mitted, the assembly was competent nut only to hear and vote but to debate on the resolutions, a power, **tyji he, not conceded to them in the other polities (u, »ff \ 3). He speaks next of boards called pentawttits, as* having mutt of the important affairs in their hands; as filling their own num- ber by captation when there is a vacancy, m choosing the council of *' the hundred," and as holding their office longer than the other boards; but of all this we know nothing from * In ii. t 8, § if he asserts that Carthage never had a tyrant Camp. B, St. Hilaire's note in his transl, Thi* *cem* to prove that Cbtl- cedon, not Carthage, is referred to. The same is indicated by vi»i.f or VM 10, g 4, where he calls it a democratic state. f Livy, xxxiv., 69, speaks of a matter ai the aubjcct of common conversation " in circulis conviviisque/' but these word* am have no political sense.