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date: 28 June 2022


, Athenian politician


, Athenian politician
  • Arnold Wycombe Gomme,
  • Tim Cornell
  •  and P. J. Rhodes


Thucydides (1), son of Melesias, Athenian politician (born c.500 bce). He was an aristocrat, connected by marriage with *Cimon. After the death of Cimon he succeeded him as the leading conservative opponent of *Pericles(1): he is said to have objected particularly to the building programme, and to have organized his supporters in a block in the assembly. Possibly he had been involved in the refoundation of *Sybaris in 446/5 and was prosecuted afterwards; his clash with Pericles led to his *ostracismc.443; he presumably returned to Athens after the statutory ten years, and he was prosecuted in old age by one Cephisodemus (Ar.Ach. 676–718). *Thucydides (2) the historian was probably a member of the same family: possibly his mother was a daughter of Thucydides son of Melesias.


  • Greek History and Historiography

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