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[3] Characteristic of Solon also was his regulation of the practice of eating at the public table in the townhall, for which his word was ‘parasitein.’ 1 The same person was not allowed to eat there often, but if one whose duty it was to eat there refused, he was punished. Solon thought the conduct of the first grasping; that of the second, contemptuous of the public interests.

1 Hence, with scornful meaning, the word parasite.

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