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βουλή, ἡ, Dor. βωλά Decr.Byz. ap. D.18.90, Aeol. βόλλα Schwyzer 623.1 (ii B. C.), Plu.2.288b: acc. pl. βουλᾰ́ς Hes.Th.534: (βούλομαι):—
will, determination, esp. of the gods, Il.1.5, etc.

2. counsel, design, βουλὰς βουλεύουσι Il.24.652, etc.: generally, counsel, advice, opp. μάχεσθαι, Il.1.258, cf. 2.202, etc.; κακὴ β. Hes.Op.266; πρᾶτος ..καὶ βουλᾷ καὶ χερσὶν ἐς Ἄρεα IG9(1).658 (Ithaca); νυκτὶ βουλὴν διδόναι Hdt.7.12 (but ἐν νυκτὶ β. διδοὺς ἐμαυτῷ Men.Epit.35); ἐν β. ἔχειν τὰ γενόμενα Hdt.3.78; β. ποιεῖσθαι, = βουλεύεσθαι, Id.6.101, etc.; β. διδόναι X. Cyr.7.2.26; β. προτιθέναι περί τινος D.18.192; β. ἄγειν Polyaen.7.39; ἐν βουλῇ γενέσθαι πότερον ..D.H.2.44; τούτοις οὐκ ἔστι κοινὴ β. they have no common ground of argument, Pl.Cri.49d; βουλῆς ὀρθότης ἡ εὐβουλία Arist.EN1142b16: in pl., counsels, A.Pr.221, Th. 842 (lyr.); ἐν βουλαῖς ἄριστος, ἐν βουλαῖσι κράτιστος, Epigr.Gr.854, IG3.716.

3. deliberation, Arist.EN1112a19, D.9.46.

4. decree, β. εἰσηγεῖσθαι And.1.61; β. ἄκυρον θεῖναι Id.2.28.

II. Council of elders, Senate, βουλ ὴν ἷζε γερόντων Il.2.53, cf. Od.3.127, A.Ag.884; esp. at Athens, Council or Senate of 500 created by Cleisthenes, Hdt.9.5, Ar.V.590, Antipho 6.40, etc.; commonly called ἡ β. (or ἡ β. οἱ πεντακόσιοι Aeschin.3.20, to distinguish it from ἡ β. ἡ ἐν Ἀρείῳ πάγῳ ibid.; also β. ἀπὸ κυάμου Th.8.66); in other states, as at Argos, Hdt.7.149; at Thebes, X.HG5.2.29; of the Roman Senate, D.H.6.69, etc.; of local senates, POxy.58.14 (iii A. D.), etc.; βουλῆς εἶναι to be of the Council, a member of it, Th.3.70 (whence Sch. and Suid. made a Subst. βουλῆς, ὁ); ἀνὴρ βουλῆς τῆς Ῥωμαίων Paus.5.20.8; ἄνδρα ἐκ τῆς βουλῆς Id.7.11.1.