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The Council of the Areopagus 

Christopher W. Blackwell, edition of January 26, 2003

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· Investigations ·

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Aeschines (Aeschin. 1).
Dinarchus (Din. 1).

In the 4th century we also find evidence for the Areopagus conducting special investigations. For example, Aeschines mentions the Areopagus appearing before the Assembly to report on some dwelling houses on the Pnyx (Aeschin. 1.81). This may have been a function of the Council of the Areopagus for some time, since according to a speech by Dinarchus (delivered in 323 BCE), Demosthenes had requested that the Areopagus investigate a matter of bribery "as was its traditional right" (ὡς αὐτῇ πάτριόν ἐστι) (Din. 1.4; source for date: Hansen, p. 292). But after the 340s BCE, the evidence starts to refer to a specific kind of investigation, one that involved the Assembly, the Areopagus, and the People’s Court; evidence for this kind of investigation, known as “apophasis” (ἀπόφασις; for example at Din. 1.62) is described in a separate article (see Apophasis; source for date: Hansen, p.292).

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