"the dream-censorship has no weapons against this monstrous thing, rather as Solon's laws were unable to decree any punishment for parricide"

    According to a mixture of legend and historical record accumulated over centuries, Solon was the 7th century BC statesman who repealed the rule of brutal 'Draconian' legislation, and first brought democratic law to ancient Athens.  Almost all the laws and sayings for which he is famous come to us through the accounts of scholars writing centuries after his death. 


Online edition of Solon's entry in Diogenes Laertius' 'The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers', as translated by C.D. Yonge, (circa 3rd-century AD)