n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The in its Athenian context

Volume 58, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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The appeared after ostracism was abandoned, and the and its variant, the (prosecution for having introduced a law that was inexpedient) were developed in the aftermath of the restoration of democracy in 403, and the revision of the code of laws. When Hansen wrote that the majority of the known cases, being simply challenges to honorific decrees, were 'without any political or constitutional importance whatsoever', this was misleading at the statistical level and required the texts to be considered more carefully in their historical context. The high incidence of indictments and the relative youth of many of the prosecutors suggest that this was a field where young politicians could be blooded. The procedures were not those of a judicial review, but added a level of protection to the workings of the assembly. It was said that the was essential to the preservation of the democracy. Indeed, the two procedures were set aside in 317.

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