Athenians, the beauty of Solon's directions for legislating. The first stage is
in your courts, before men under oath, where all other ratifications are made;
the next is the repeal of the contradictory laws, so that there may be only one
law dealing with each subject, and that the plain citizen may not be puzzled by
such contradictions and be at a disadvantage compared with those who are
acquainted with the whole body of law, but that all may have the same ordinances
before them, simple and clear to read and understand.