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A church, either as a body or as a building
The public legislative assembly of the Athenians
1. The political assembly of citizens of an ancient Greek state.2. A church or congregation
(Greek, ekklesia: "gathering of those summoned") In ancient Greece, the assembly of citizens in a city-state. The Athenian Ecclesia already existed in the 7th century; under Solon it consisted of all male citizens age 18 and older. It controlled policy, including the right to hear appeals in the public court, elect archons, and confer special privileges. After discussion, members voted by a show of hands; a simple majority determined the results. The body could not initiate new business, since motions had to originate in the boule. Ecclesias existed in most Greek city-states through Roman times, though their powers faded under the empire
The Greek word e)kklhsi/a(ecclesia) means "church" or "assembly "
The directly democratic pseudo-government of Terra
{i} public legislative assembly of ancient Athens; church; congregation, regular members of a religious group
(Gr "the gathering of the people") 1) The gathering of the faithful at the church for worship and fellowship; 2) the church where the liturgy is celebrated; 3) the Church as the Body of Christ