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[94] Moreover, before these proceedings, Solon ordered that the laws should be exposed before the statues of the eponymous heroes1 and handed in to the town-clerk to recite them at the meetings of the Assembly, so that each of you may hear them more than once and digest them at leisure, and if they are just and expedient, may add them to the statute-book. Now, numerous as those enactments are, Leptines yonder has observed not one of them, for, if he had, I do not think that you would ever have consented to pass his law. We on the other hand, Athenians, have observed them all, and we are submitting a much better and more equitable law than his. You will realize that when you hear it.

1 The statues of the heroes who gave their names to the ten tribes stood in the Agora near the council-chamber.

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