Bribing the Courts

The first man in Greek history to bribe the jury is said by Plutarch to have been Anytus, the son of Anthemion.  He was one of Socrates’s prosecutors and a general during the Peloponnesian War.  During the war, he lost Pylos to the Spartans, and was charged with treason for it.  By bribing the jury, however, he was acquitted, and saved himself.

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