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Lycurgus The Lawgiver
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Lycurgus the Lawgiver
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Biography Uncertain whether he was a real person. If he was, his life must be placed in the 7th century. He introduced a set of laws called ‘The Great Rhetra’ This was believed to be the constitution of Sparta in the classical period In reality, although conservative, the laws of Sparta were a larger collection accumulated over time, and much of them was unwritten custom, rather than written law in the modern sense.
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The text of the Great Rhetra When thou has built a temple to Zeus Syllanius and Athena Syllania, divided the people into phylai, and divided them into 'obai', and established a Gerousia of thirty including the Archagetai, then from time to time 'appellazein' between Babyka and Knakion, and there introduce and repeal measures; but the Demos must have the decision and the power. (Later addition:) But if the Demos should choose badly, the Gerontes and Kings shall be 'apostateres'
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Historical Judgement: For its day, the great Rhetra was a radical concept,
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