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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Never Argue the Classics with P.S. Huff!

Huff noted in a comment that Dracon of Athens only made most crimes punishable by death. I cited Professor Ian Worthington as my source for saying it was all crimes.

Well, today on my ride to work Professor Worthington recanted: in the lecture on Dracon itself he now says "most crimes" rather than "all crimes."

Oddly, while the penalty for, say, idleness was death, one crime that did not receive the death penalty was accidental homicide. That penalty was exile.

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