Wednesday, September 27, 2023


Ouster of Unjust Rulers

Epigram preserved by Aeschines, Against Ctesiphon 190 = Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 62.50 (tr. Chris Carey):
These men for their virtue were honored with crowns by the ancient
people of Athens, because once when men with unjust
ordinances ruled the city, they were first to check them
and lead the way, accepting mortal danger.

·τούσδ᾽ ἀρετῆς ἕνεκα στεφάνοις ἐγέραιρε παλαίχθων
    δῆμος Ἀθηναίων, οἵ ποτε τοὺς ἀδίκοις
θεσμοῖς ἄρξαντας πόλιος πρῶτοι καταπαύειν
    ἦρξαν, κίνδυνον σώμασιν ἀράμενοι.
See Peter Liddel, Decrees of Fourth-Century Athens (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020), vol. I, pp. 105-113.

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