Athenian politician, d. 404 bc. He is represented as a lyre‐maker, and his mother was alleged to be Thracian (see thrace). He was already a public figure at the time of the ostracism of Hyperbolus, and was the most prominent demagogue, in the manner of Cleon, after the democratic restoration in 410. He introduced a payment of two obols a day, possibly to citizens not otherwise receiving public funds. He attacked both Critias and Alcibiades, and was opposed to peace with Sparta both after Athens' victory at Cyzicus in 410 and after her defeat at Aegospotami in 405 (see athens, history). His elimination on a charge of treason paved the way for the peace settlement negotiated by Theramenes.
Subjects: Classical studies