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[2] Now, to tell how Nicomachus's father was a public slave,1 and what were the man's own occupations in his youth, and at what age he was admitted to his clan,2 would be a lengthy affair: but when he became a commissioner for transcribing the laws, it is common knowledge what outrages he committed on the city. For whereas he had been instructed to transcribe the laws of Solon within four months, he usurped the place of Solon as lawgiver, extended his office over six years instead of four months, and day by day, in return for payment, he inserted some laws and erased others.

1 Owned by the State and employed in the police and other public services.

2 A subdivision of the tribe, to which admission was usually obtained in infancy.

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