DRACO

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DRACO ; an arehon and legislator of Athens, about 600 R. C, celebrated for the extraordinary severity of his laws. The slightest offence, such as stealing fruit, and even idleness, he punished with death, no Jess than sacrilege, murder or treason. Hence his laws were said to be written in blood. Nothing was more natural than that this rigor should render them odious, and prevent their execution, especially as the people became more civilized and refined. Solon was therefore commissioned to compose a new code. (See Attica.) Tradition relates that Draco, on his appearance ill the theatre at iEgina, where he is said to have earned his laws, >vas suffocated amidst the applauses of the people, who, according to their custom, threw their garments and caps upon him. He was buried under the theatre.