Scribo wrote:I think most would have had eating knives on them. I doubt we'd be seeing full blown swords and clubs. On the other hand, I'm not aware of a religious taboo as with the Romans and their pomerium. I don't know, this is an interesting question! Never considered it before.
I wasn't thinking of a religious taboo more a strong feeling that no decent citizen would be so uncouth as to wander round with a sword as if it were a fashion accessory (ie unlike the Verona of Romeo and Juliet).
My impression from a somewhat limited reading of the forensic speeches is that Athenians did not carry arms on the streets of Athens for reasons that were so obvious to the Athenians of the time no one felt that the need to state the obvious and hence we can only guess. That you too are so uncertain confirms that.
So my guess is that were some high-born Athenian young blood, were to step onto the streets of Athens sporting a sword, the first reaction of passers-by would be "Is the city under attack". As soon as they concluded that this could not be the case their alarm would turn to anger and said young blood would quickly be surrounded by fellow citizens telling to stop being such an idiot and take his sword home.