Democracy crowning Demos

Athens, Agora Museum I 6524

Anti-tyrannical law: 'If anyone should rise up against the Demos for tyranny ...'

The stele records that it was one of two: 'set one of them by the entrance into the Areopagos ... near where one goes into the Bouleuterion, and the other in the Ekklesia'.

Dated to the archonship of Phrynichos, ca. 337 BC. This places it a year after Philip II of Macedon's victory at the battle of Chaironeia (338 BC)


Ober, J., and C. W. Hedrick. Editors. 1993. The birth of democracy. An exhibition celebrating the 2500th anniversary of democracy at the National Archives, Washington, C.C. June 15, 1993 - January 2, 1994. (Washington: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens; The National Archives, Washington, D.C.; The Ministry of Culture, Greece) 36, no. 00.04.


Photograph (c) David Gill, 2003.

This page was created by David Gill on 31 January 2006.