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(Χαρώνδας; Charṓndas). From Catana; was regarded with  Zaleucus as the greatest lawgiver of the western Greek colonies, and compared to  Lycurgus and  Solon (Pl. Resp. 599d-e; Cic. Leg. 1,57). His dates cannot be exactly determined (mid-7th cent. to end of the 6th cent. BC). There is also no authentic documentation on C. as a person; like many lawgivers he is surrounded in legend [1].

C.'s laws, which were introduced in  Catana,  Rhegium and the other Chalcidian cities of lower Italy and Sicily (Aristot. Pol. 1274a 23ff.; Heracl. Lemb. fr. 55 Dilts),…

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Hölkeskamp, Karl-Joachim (Cologne), “Charondas”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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