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All his laws were to have force for a hundred years, and they were written on ‘axones,’ or wooden tablets, which revolved with the oblong frames containing them. Slight remnants of these were still preserved in the Prytaneium when I was at Athens, and they were called, according to Aristotle,1 ‘kurbeis.’ Cratinus, also, the comic poet, somewhere says:—

By Solon, and by Draco too I make mine oath,
Whose kurbeis now are used to parch our barley-corns.
2

1 Cf. Aristot. Const. Ath. 7.1, with Sandys' notes.

2 Kock, Com. Att. Frag. i. p. 94.

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