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Not a Serious Suggestion

"And the law is as follows: Each citizen wrote the name of the man who
in his opinion had the greatest power to destroy the  democracy; and the
man who got the largest number of ostraka was obliged to go into exile
from his native land for a period of ten years.

The Athenians, it appears, passed such a law, not for the purpose of
punishing wrongdoing, but in order to lower through exile
the presumption of men who had risen too high. Now Themistocles, having
been ostracized in the manner we have described, fled as an exile from
his native city to Argos..."


The problem as I see it, is that each person can only write one name on
his or her potsherd and only one person can be sent to Argos.


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