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1 After the restoration of the democracy in 403 B.C. the Areopagus played a more important part in public affairs than in the preceding half-century. It dealt with all cases of voluntary homicide and sometimes with political cases also, when it could act either on its own initiative （cf. Din. 1.63 and Dem. 18.133） or in response to the people's request, as in the present instance. See Din. 1.50.
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