previous next
[37] And he did this, men of the jury, though he was resident at Athens, and had a wife and children here, and although the laws have prescribed the severest penalties if anyone resident at Athens should transport grain to any other place than to the Athenian market; besides, he did this at a critical time, when those of you who dwelt in the city were having their barley-meal measured out to them in the Odeum,1 and those who dwelt in Peiraeus were receiving their loaves at an obol each in the dockyard and in the long-porch,2 having their meal measured out to them a gallon3 at a time, and being nearly trampled to death.

In proof that my words are true, take, please, the deposition and the law.“ Deposition ”“ Law

1 We learn from Aristoph. Wasps 1109, that the Odeum, built by Pericles as a music school, near the great theatre, was sometimes used as a law-court, and Pollux 8.33, states that suits concerning grain were decided there. Compare Dem. 59.52. It is easy, therefore, to assume that distribution of grain may have been made there.

2 The long-porch was a warehouse for grain in the Peiraeus.

3 Literally a half-sixth (i.e. one-twelfth) of a medimnus, a measure containing about twelve gallons.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

load focus Notes (F. A. Paley)
load focus Greek (1921)
hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide References (13 total)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: