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Charondas (Greek Χαρώνδας), a celebrated lawgiver of Catania in Sicily. His date is uncertain. Some make him a pupil of Pythagoras (c. 580 - 504 BC); but all that can be said is that he was earlier than Anaxilas of Rhegium (494 - 476 BC), since his laws were in use amongst the Rhegians until they were abolished by that tyrant. His laws, originally written in verse, were adopted by the other Chalcidic colonies in Sicily and Italy. According to Aristotle there was nothing special about these laws, except that Charondas introduced actions for perjury; but he speaks highly of the precision with which they were drawn up (Politics, ii. I 2). The story that Charondas killed himself because he entered the public assembly wearing a sword, which was a violation of his own law, is also told of Diodes of Syracuse and Zaleucus (Diod. Sic. 12.19.1-2). The fragments of laws attributed to him by Stobaeus and Diodorus are of late (neo-Pythagorean) origin. Charondas is said to have commanded that if the nearest relative of an epikleros (something close to an heiress) did not wish to marry her, he was required to provide a dowry.[1]

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