|THE MARKETPLACE OF ATHENS,BUHLMANN|
Draco was an Athenian statesman who first wrote down the laws of Athens, but made them very harsh. Draco did not actually
create most of the laws, but only wrote them down so that judges would apply the laws consistently. Draco's laws were
very harsh, and prescribed the death penalty even for minor offences. Draco's laws also allowed debtors to be sold into
slavery. Draco's laws were superseded by the laws of Solon, several decades later.
Key events during the life of Draco:
||Wrote down the laws of Athens.
||One of the early members of the Alcmaeonidae family. Opposed the tyrant Cylon.
||Tried to make himself tyrant, but was stopped by Megacles.