The Laws Created By Solon And The Public Reaction Versus The Acts Done By Pisistratus During His Age Of Essay
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In this essay I will cover the laws created by Solon and the public reaction versus the acts done by Pisistratus during his age of Tyranny on Athens, to highlight the different approaches of two men with opposing ideals about how Athens should be governed and which one worked out best for the people. So in essence, did Solons reforms make a better constitution in terms of the prosperity of the people, than the laws created by Pisistratus during his Tyranny?
Solon is hailed as the person who started the democratization process in Athens though what he created is not what we would call a democracy. Solon was chosen by the people to create the constitution of Athens after the Draconian reforms of 621 B.C which were extremely harsh and drove the lucky people into slavery, for almost all other offences the penalty was death; the rich got richer and the poor got poorer, the overall morale of the people was low. According to Aristotle (the Constitution of Athens) “the strife was keen, and for a long time the two parties were ranged in hostile camps against one another, till at last, by common consent, they appointed Solon to be the mediator and Archon, and committed the whole constitution to his hands.” The civic unrest was so disastrous that Athens needed a radicle change.
According to this same source, Solon illegalised the action of placing a debt on “ones person” so that if they failed to return what they had borrowed they were not punished so drastically as to be sold into