HH9 4th Quarter presentation
Story about the Draconian laws and how they influenced the Archaic period
Draco receives his task.
The Laws are announced.
The cruel and unfair laws.
Draco was an aristocrat in 7th century BCE Athens. He was handed the task of composing a new body of laws.
Punishments were harsh.
The laws were made known to the people. They were not too happy, escpecially the poor.
The laws were known for their cruelty and bias towards the rich landowners. The poor were mistreated greatly.
Draco's law code was later viewed as intolerably harsh, especially in regards to his solution to trivial crimes. His solution was death.
Solon was archon in 594 BCE, and he repealed Draco's code and published new laws, keeping only Draco's homicide statues.
The cruelty behind the laws may have been the only way to sustain power as well as blood feuds that could last generations.
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