The Transformation Of Athens

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The transformation of Athens from an aristocratic state to a democracy involved an economic shift, and a political transformation to maintain the built democratic culture. The monarchy was replaced by rule of nobles. Draco was the first recorded legislator of Athens. He published harsh law-codes that enforced and limited the punishment under the jurisdiction of Athens’ aristocratic court. One of the laws was one that distinguished the punishments for intentional and accidental murder. His law was too severe and harsh; therefore, the people of Athens turned to Solon.
Solon addressed political and economic issues and forgave debts and broadened citizenship. He reformed Draco’s laws and published new laws that mediated between the rich and poor

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