Monday, 21 January 2008
Anacharsis famously told Solon the lawmaker: "These decrees of yours are no different from spiders' webs. They'll restrain anyone weak and insignificant who gets caught in them, but they'll be torn to shreds by people with power and wealth." But he was interrupted. He meant to go on: "...and good thing too; for otherwise laws would be so strong as to tangle-up aristocrats, kings, and even the gods themselves ... and think what a terrible state that would be. I ask you. Gods subpoenaed? Gods dragged into court? Really."