Draco's constitution in the Athenaion Politeia 4: Is it an interpolation or an Author's later addition?

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The paper reconsiders Draco’s constitution (DC) in ch. 4 of Aristotle’ Athenaion
Politeia, which is widely held to be an interpolation in the text (or, minimally, an
author’s later addition). The present paper is an attempt to prove that neither
argument – neither that from the structure of the text of the fi rst chapters of the AP
nor the argument from the omission of number with DC in the list of constitutional
changes (ch. 41) and the discrepancy in the total number of changes (eleven
instead of twelve) does not prove that DC was later inserted into the text in any
way. At the same time the attempts to explain the awkwardness in ch. 41 through
the supposition that DC is not depicted in ch. 4 as a constitution in its own right
and thus proving it to be an integral part of the text are misleading. The confusion
in ch. 41 is related to the double status of the change under Theseus which preceded
the one under Draco: it is called the second change (i.e. second institutional
change), but the fi rst constitutional one. The fi rst change absolutely, that which
took place under Ion, was thus not constitutional, and this change, and not that
which took place under Draco, was not counted.
Translated title of the contributionДраконтова конституция в Афинской политии гл. 4: является ли она интерполяцией или позднейшим авторским добавлениием?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-173
Number of pages32
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2018

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