Zaleucus

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Zaleucus

(zəlo͞o`kəs), fl. c.650 B.C., Greek lawgiver of Locris, in Italy. According to tradition, his was the earliest codification of Greek law. References to Zaleucus' code, which was widely adopted in Italy, indicate that it embodied the lex talionis [law of retaliation, i.e., an eye for an eye] and other severe features exemplified in the later Greek code of DracoDraco
or Dracon
, fl. 621 B.C., Athenian politician and law codifier. Of his codification of Athenian customary law only the section dealing with involuntary homicide is preserved.
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On the eve of Zaleukos' departure his father shows him "an immense heap of gold," divided in three: he gives Zaleukos one third, keeps one third for himself, and reserves the final third for Zaleukos' future, his "hour of need" (Hauff 1886, 25-26).
Zaleukos, though an adult, can be defined as an Urgent Child vis-a-vis his father(s).