Draco, an Athenian archon and. lawgiver of the 7th century B.C. He has become proverbial as a bloodthirsty monster, and his laws have been described as written not in ink but in blood. As a matter of fact he appears to have introduced a period of fixed justice in succession to a period of misrule, and his code was the first at Athens. According to tradition, he appointed death as the penalty for all offences. A recently discovered work of Aristotle represents him as conferring the franchise on all who could bear arms.