Law Against Tyranny



Stele with a relief showing Democracy crowning Demos (the people of Athens), ca. 337 B.C. Athens, Agora Museum, I 6524. The inscription is an Athenian law forbidding cooperation with those plotting an antidemocratic coup and calling for the acquittal of anyone accused of murdering the tyrant. As the text explains, Eukrates made the motion, and the question was put to a vote in the archonship of Phrynichos. The law was inscribed on two stelai (stone markers) to be set up at the entrances of the Bouleuterion (senate house) and the ekklesia (assembly).

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Type of Museum

History museums

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Student age range

6-12, 12-15, 15-18

Education Level

Primary, Secondary

Period covered

Prehistory (to 600 B.C.)

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