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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Now, That Really Is Draconic!

Our word "draconic" comes from the law system established by Dracon of Athens around 620 BC. In that penal code, every single crime received the same penalty: death!

OK, that's pretty harsh.

3 comments:

  1. I guess the 3-strikes rule no longer seems that draconic.

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  2. Isn't the usual form "draconian"?

    Anyway, I think it was most, but not all, offenses. See Plutarch's Life of Solon.

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    1. My dictionary lists "draconic" as a synonym.

      "Anyway, I think it was most, but not all, offenses. See Plutarch's Life of Solon."

      My source is Ian Worthington.

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