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date: 05 December 2023



  • Arnold Wycombe Gomme,
  • Theodore John Cadoux
  •  and Simon Hornblower


Wealthy and noble 5th-cent. bce Athenian, son of *Miltiades and Hegesipyle, daughter of the Thracian king Olorus; Cimon and the historian *Thucydides (2), son of an Olorus, were thus related (APF 234 f.). His sister Elpinice married *Callias (1); a newly-published ostracon (among other evidence) alleges *incest between them (‘let Cimon son of Miltiades take his sister Elpinice and get out’: SEG 46.79). He married the *Alcmaeonid Isodice, and perhaps also an *Arcadian woman. His sons by one of these were: Lacedaemonius, Eleos/Oulios, Thettalus, programmatic names (he was *proxenos for Sparta and Thessaly, and the *Ionian name Oulios, see SEG 38. 1996bis, recalls one justification of the *Delian League by stressing Ionianism); three other sons by Isodice are historically dubious. On Miltiades’ death in 489 he paid his 50-talent fine. He joined an embassy to Sparta in 479 and thereafter was often *stratēgos (see AO).


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