Texts and bibliography concerning Solon of Athens. Jump to Solon and Athenian sexuality - Solon (Greek: Σόλων Sólōn [só.lɔːn]; c. – c. BC) was an Athenian statesman, lawmaker and poet. He is remembered particularly for his efforts to legislate against political, economic and moral decline in archaic Athens.Biography · Background to Solon's · Solon's reforms · Poetry. Solon the Athenian was a great philosopher and one of the seven sages of ancient Greece. However, he's mainly remembered for being the.
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Solon: The Father of Western Law | Ancient Origins
Kathleen Freeman, Life and Work of Solon Woodhouse, Solon the Liberator Ivan Linforth, Solon of athens the Athenian Berkeley Neither the rich nor the poor got all they wanted from Solon's reforms.
There was no complete redistribution of wealth as the poor had demanded, and the rich were angry about the loss of the money they were owed. Both the rich and the poor now hated Solon for not obeying solon of athens desires. Even those who had been friendly to him before now looked at him with grim faces, as an enemy.
But with time and success came forgiveness. When the Athenians saw the good result of the release of debts, they appointed Solon general reformer of their law.
Solon the lawmaker
When someone asked Dracon why he had made his laws so severe, he answered: Solon made it a law that solon of athens who refused to take sides in a revolution would lose all civil rights. By this law he made sure that solon of athens good would resist the bad and not hide hoping to save themselves, or wait until they could see which side will win.
When Solon was asked once which city he thought was well-governed, he said: Solon was willing to allow the rich solon of athens to continue to be the officers, but he wanted to allow the poor citizens to participate in the government.
He therefore classed the citizens according to income.
SOLON of Athens
The lowest class, the thetes, were ineligible for election to any office. However, the thetes were allowed to come into solon of athens assembly, and as jurors they decided cases submitted to their vote.
Solon of athens Solon's laws were deliberately obscure and ambiguous, the courts had solon of athens powers of interpretation. What had seemed an insignificant concession to the poor turned out to be a significant privilege. Solon created a supreme court, whose members were former archons [annual presidents] of Athens.
Seeing that after the release of debts the people were beginning to be unruly and arrogant, Solon also created a council of four hundred -- one hundred from each of the four tribes in Athens.
SOLON of Athens
This was an additional legislative body, whose powers were limited to debating matters before they were submitted to the people for a vote. Nothing could be voted on until it solon of athens been vetted by the four hundred.
With the supreme court and the council of four hundred as anchors, the turbulence of the people was solon of athens within safe limits. Solon made it a crime to defame the dead.
This was no disadvantage to a clan with large landholdings since it could always rent out farms in a sharecropping system. A family struggling on a small farm however could solon of athens use the farm as security for a loan even if it owned the farm.