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seals, sealstones, and signet rings

The art of seal-engraving disappeared before the end of the Bronze Age and only revived, with varied seal forms made of soft materials in the later Geometric period. The techniques of working hard stones were relearned in the mid-6th century. In the Archaic and Classical periods, gem devices were usually simple but, later, and throughout the Hellenistic age, glyptic taste followed the aesthetic trends of the major arts towards greater realism..." – By Judith Weingarten


"The Areopagus council was the most respected court in Classical Athens. It had jurisdiction in trials for intentional homicide, intentional wounding, poisoning, and arson. The Areopagus could launch investigations into crimes on its own initiative or at the command of the assembly and exercised surveillance over religious matters. The assembly might also delegate specific tasks to the Areopagus. ..." – By Edward Harris

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