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Lycergus' Law: 600 BC
was located in the Southern Part of Greece and it was one of the two most formative
City-States. Lycergus was primarily a believer in the sanctity of the human
body and wrote laws that addressed that and other related facts. He believed
that that the only thing of real importance was that women were put on earth
to procreate. Moreover, Lycergus was a bit like Hitler, in that he firmly believed
that society should be as perfect as possible. Moreover, in his mind, this meant
that those children that were born deformed would only perpetuate that shortcoming
upon future generations if allowed to live and therefore should be destroyed
at birth. This was a tough society, the males started training for battle at
the age of seven and retreat was not even comprehendible in Lycergusâ€™ doctrines.
In spite of the fact that the law as created by Lycergus was focus toward body
and state, they seemed to contain enough codicils in order to literally cover
almost every aspect of life in that was in evidence.
Whatever he created seemed to work, because Sparta
under Lycergus became a well oil military machine quite able to dispatch any
comers. Lycergus, although a lawgiver and warrior also believed in the education
of his entire population and for centuries Sparta
produced endless strings of well oiled scholars and theorists. He created unique
methodology relative to the system of government such as the Spartan Council
of Elders, which, was responsible for running the country on a day-to-day basis.
He also established the first mint and began to fabricate metal coinage, which
was not of intrinsic value, a first for the times. Furthermore, he felt that
parents should be responsible for their childrenâ€™s actions and if they were
not handling this in a satisfaction, others in the neighborhood should be allowed
to fill the gap, one way or the other.
However, because of the fact that his laws were so narrowly conceived, they,
for the most part, died with Sparta.
The systemâ€™s human rigidity was probably too far reaching to be picked up by
the evolving civilizations of that era. “Draco was a three-strikes-and-youâ€™re