In Athens

Draco… oops, wrong one (image by maurygraf on pixabay)

In Athens the citizens gathered at the ecclesia to discuss and agree a solution to the increasing problem of their laws. Passed by word of mouth and laced with blood feuds, impossible to track and to apply with justice.

Word had reached them that in the East they had codified laws, written and enforced by court of law. Athens should have the same.

They chuckled as they elected Little Drako. How might he manage to list the laws, each with a penalty?

He managed well: he applied the same penalty to almost every crime, no matter how minor. Death, else exile. Draconian solutions.

103 words written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt



About crispina kemp

Spinner of Asaric and Mythic tales
This entry was posted in History, Mostly Micro and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

33 Responses to In Athens

  1. Sadje says:

    Love the picture.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. EntangledDesigns says:

    Hahaha! What a clever little tale! I love it 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ben Naga says:

    A little severe, a little too simplistic. And no more pots of money for judges, attorneys and lawyers.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Very glad I didn’t live back then! Mind you, the punishment probably served as an effective deterrent for the average citizen.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Violet Lentz says:

    Oooo!! Made even more sinister with your clever choice of photo!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Dale says:

    What a great take on the prompt, Crispina!
    And I love the Draco from Harry Potter 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jen Goldie says:

    There are so many levels to this. So much packed into so few words! The use of Draco and Little Dracko all referencing the Draconian Law of Athens.You manage to post history with Fantasy.But I guess that’s what you do fantastically! 😊👏👏👏💜

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Ah, so this is the guy that it’s named for! Glad you brought this up. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.