Equality before the Law

Judicial vote
4th c. BC.
Bronze. Diam. 0.065 m. From the west slope of the Acropolis.
National Archaeological Museum X12220.

The disk bears an engraved inscription: VOTE: PUBLIC. It has a perforated central axis and was used as a condemnation vote. Similar votes with solid central axis served as acquittals. The juror held the axis between the fingers to ensure the secrecy of the ballot. Votes were collected in a special ballot box before the counting.