Who Was Draco?

Draco was the first lawgiver of Ancient Greece. The United States Supreme Court has a carving of Draco in the South Frieze to recognize his role in the development of law. Draco’s efforts in the development of law began with the institution of written laws. Draco’s laws were not only written, but were also posted publicly to ensure that they were known by all citizens. Thus, Draco is known for his work in establishing official laws. Draco’s laws were also known for being especially strict and harsh towards both minor and major crimes. For example, the punishment for stealing a cabbage and for murder were the same, hence the term “draconian law.” Though harsh in nature, Draco’s early efforts paved the way for the advancement of the law system.