was the legislator of the Western Locrians, as was Charondas, the Catanean, of his own cities, and those also in Italy and Sicily which belonged to the Calcidians.
Minos, we learn, was the primitive founder of the government of Crete, as Zaleucus
was of that of the Locrians.
Legal Light was bred from a British stallion called Zaleucus
and a mare called Portia.
After Zaleucus issued an edict "that anyone found to have committed adultery was to be blinded," his own son was found to be an adulterer (p.
4) We all "recognize a statuesque woman with scales and [a] sword as Justice[,] but [we] have not been schooled in Cambyses, Zaleucus, and Brutus or provided with comparable sagas about the harshness of law and the weight of imposing judgment" (p.
outsider theme: according to Aristotle, Zaleucus
was a slave shepherd
Also portrayed was the Greek Zaleucus
, who gouged out one of his own eyes as he also imposed that punishment on his son for violating the law.
From the unwritten laws of Lycurgus that created the foundations of the Spartan state, to the written laws of Solon in Athens, to Hippodamus on civic planning, Zaleucus
on the divine source of laws, Philolaus on family laws and much more, Early Greek Lawgivers offers a fascinating glimpse into ideas and lives of notable figures in classical Greek history.
And the Locrians observed this custom in latter ages, being compelled to the observance of it by Zaleucus
, their law-giver, whose rigour in executing this law is very remarkable; for having caught his son in Adultery, he resolved to deprive him of his sight, and remained a long time inexorable .
This story or myth is significant because it raises the question of the source of legislative skill: Did Onomacritus become skilled on the basis of his prophetic art (practiced on the island of Crete, the home of the divine laws of Minos) or did his expertise result from his association with Thales, the tutor of Lycurgus and Zaleucus
and perhaps the most famous of philosophers?