And after this when a certain moderate length of time had passed, in the archonship of Aristaechmus, Draco enacted his ordinances1; and this system was on the following lines.
1 Draco was presumably one of the Thesmothetae, Aristaechmus being Archon Eponymus. For Draco's work see Aristot. Pol. 1274b 15ff.; it is there said that he 'adapted his laws to a constitution that already existed.'
Aristotle in 23 Volumes, Vol. 20, translated by H. Rackham. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1952.
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