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As indicated, the notorious impiety trials of 400/39 had much to do with protecting the structures and customs that underpinned the Athenian democracy, and while much changed over time, it is perhaps significant that after Cleisthenes introduced the system based on ten tribes each made up of three trittyes from three different regions of Attica (the city, the inland and coastal areas), each trittys made up of demes calculated to give each tribe roughly the same number of citizens, the number of demes rose by only three, up to the time that Hadrian increased the number of tribes from twelve to thirteen in 127/8, and added a new deme, labelled Antinoeis.
34 Impious expressive activities were considered as offences against the gods and the city, and as such, those who were charged with impiety, such as Socrates, would face the harshest punishment and execution.
Thus the "cultivated garden is (1) an attempt to stay in touch with nature, (2) an expression of an expanded consciousness, and (3) a sign of one's ability and means to afford and create such a sanctuary" (4) The clear goodness of (1) and (2), above, are erased in the impiety of (3).
Just as Varro is commonly understood to have depicted the earliest Romans as aniconic in an effort to cope with the social and political conditions of the Late Republic, a time in which the influx of Greek culture led to extravagance and impiety, von Ehrenkrook posits that Josephus depicts the Jews as aniconic in order to help dispel some of the anti-Jewish sentiment in Rome.
How far, one wonders, did the later 16th-century equation of Michelangelo's forceful figures with impiety reflect wider, spiritually inflected understandings of the distinctions Cole is interested in?
He was accused of impiety (political motives may have played a role as in the case of Socrates) and sentenced to death (but he fled Athens, unlike Socrates, who stayed and died for his beliefs and principles).
One only needs to read a few of Johnson's works to realize that he could have had no idea of the political enormities and nightmares that lay in the future, in the much heralded "age of progress and rationality'' foretold by French philosophers the likes of Voltaire and Rousseau, whom Johnson so despised for their impiety and hardheadedness.
Under Greek law there were certain great crimes for which a Man might be condemned to death - murder, treason, impiety, sacrilege and debasing the coinage.
People know what acts stem from their impiety toward the environment and what actions are corrective and emanate from their spiritual piety in terms of environmental protection.
She finally realized that Dionysos had destroyed her and her family for their impiety.