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Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans

Plutarch

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2016-12-02

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"[Under Draco of Athens] death was appointed for almost all offenses, insomuch that those that were convicted of idleness were to die, and those that stole a cabbage or an apple to suffer even as villains that committed sacrilege or murder....[O]nce asked why he made death the punishment of most offenses, replied, 'Small ones deserve that, and I have no higher for the greater crimes.'" - Parallel Lives, Plutarch