(Greek: youth, pubescence, puberty [the period during which the secondary characteristics of maturity begin to develop; by extension, a young man])
At the end of the first year the ephebians gave a display of their skill in military tactics and drills before the citizens of Athens in the state theater. At the close of this display each ephebian received a spear and a shield and took his oath of allegiance.
2. Among the Greeks, a young citizen from eighteen to twenty years of age, during which he was occupied chiefly with garrison (military) duty.
One source suggests that in ancient Athens (335 B.C.), an ephebe was a young citizen undergoing physical and military training.
To be a citizen, it was necessary that every legitimate son of pure Athenian parentage who had reached the age of eighteen had to be enrolled in an ephebic college and undergo its two year course of rigorous training in military and civic duties and activities.
2. A branch of medicine consisting of the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of youth (18-25 years).
2. A reference to the ephebi.
2. A pubescent or adolescent psychological disorder characterized by silly behavior, volatile emotions, hallucinations, and mental deterioration.
3. From a psychiatric dictionary: A syndrome characterized by shallow and inappropriate affect, giggling, and silly, regressive behavior and mannerisms; a subtype of schizophrenia now renamed disorganized schizophrenia.