), a prosecution against those persons who performed the
degrading office of pimps or procurers (προαγωγοί
: cf. Plat.. Theaet.
p. 150 A). By the
law in Aeschin. c. Tim.
the heaviest punishment (τὰ μέγιστα ἐπιτίμια,
§ 14), viz.
death ( § 184), was inflicted on such a person (ἐάν τις ἐλεύθερον παῖδ᾽ ἢ γυναῖκα
). According to Plutarch (Plut. Sol. 23
), Solon imposed a penalty of twenty drachmas for
the same offence. To reconcile this statement with that of Aeschines,
Platner (Proc. u. Klag.
ii. p. 216) supposed that the law
mentioned by Plutarch applied only to prostitutes. This is very unlikely;
more probably the punishment was at a later period made more severe, as in
the δίκη βιαίων
(Plut. Sol. 25
, a. hundred drachmas; but Lys. de caed.
§ 32, διπλῆν τὴν βλάβην
: cf. Dem. c. Mid.
p. 528.44). A
prosecution of Patrocles ἐπὶ προαγωγείᾳ
by Hyperides is mentioned in Pollux, 7.271; cf. Hyp. ed. Blass,2
141-8. The charge
brought against Aspasia by Hermippus in his prosecution for ἀσέβεια,
of getting freeborn women into her
house for the use of Pericles, was προαγωγεία
(Plut. Per. 32
Aristoph. Ach. 527
). and probably
also that against Euthymachus, who was put to death for taking an Olynthian
girl to a brothel (Din. c. Dem.
§ 23). (Att.
ed. Lipsius, p. 410 f.) For the low state of morality
amongst the Byzantines, cf. Aelian, V. If.
Athenaeus, x. p. 442 c.