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The Council of the Areopagus 

Christopher W. Blackwell, edition of January 26, 2003

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· History: After the Thirty Tyrants ·

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Aristotle (Aristot. Ath. Pol.).

The first part of this article on the Areopagus describes its composition, procedures, and powers in the period following the overthrow of the Thirty Tyrants. It is for this period, the first two-thirds of the 4th century BCE, for which we have the best evidence, both the body of Oratory, and the Aristotelian Constitution of the Athenians (Aristot. Ath. Pol.). The sections that follow describe some special functions that seem to have fallen under the control of the Areopagus during the 4th century, functions apart from its role as a court for homicide and impiety.

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