They were supported by a deliberative assembly, called credenza, chosen from the more distinguished citizens.
This is a purely deliberative conclave, worked by committees, and all its legislation has to be confirmed by the two Associations before it can have any force or be legal.
As the rational is either deliberative or scientific, either practical or speculative intellect, there are two virtues of the intellect - prudence of the deliberative or practical, and wisdom of the scientific or speculative, intellect.
As the only deliberative body in which most Greek communities were represented, its decisions were those of the bulk of the Hellenic people.
In other respects the functions of the council seem to have been of a deliberative character.