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By David Gribble

Alcibiades (c. 450-404 BC)--general, statesman, followed son of Pericles, lover of Socrates, profaner of the Mysteries-- was once referred to as via a few the saviour of Athens and by means of others its maximum enemy. This booklet is a learn of the explosive mix of worry and fascination he excited in his contemporaries and in classical texts. It examines the extreme rigidity among the classical urban and the person of superlative strength, prestige, and ambition.

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Ef; cf. Plut. Alc. . –. Plut. Alc. . –. The excusing of Alcibiades because he acted out of philotimia perhaps derives from Dem. . . 55 Plut. Alc. . . This story already has a different apologetic twist at Dem. .  (cf. ). Cf. Russell (: ). For another account of the origin of the variations in these stories, see M. L. Gernet (: –). 56 Plut. Alc. . . 57 Timandra (or Damasandra) and Theodote (Ath. c, e). The association with Medontis (Ath. e, a) may be of older date.

16 Another, very different example of this reaction was the historiography of Theopompus, who in his excursus on the Athenian ‘demagogues’ in Book  of the Philippica,17 developed a decay theory of Athenian political leadership which had already been suggested by Thucydides (. 18 No surviving fragments of this excursus relate to Alcibiades. This is perhaps surprising, given Theopompus’ obsession with the personal lives of individuals, especially their pursuit of pleasure in sex and wine,19 and seeing that (as I will argue in Chapter ) Thucydides certainly intended Alcibiades to be included amongst the post-Periclean leaders whose private philotimia and consequent ‘handing over of affairs to the demos’ so damaged the state.

Ath. . ef; cf. Plut. Alc. . –. Plut. Alc. . –. The excusing of Alcibiades because he acted out of philotimia perhaps derives from Dem. . . 55 Plut. Alc. . . This story already has a different apologetic twist at Dem. .  (cf. ). Cf. Russell (: ). For another account of the origin of the variations in these stories, see M. L. Gernet (: –). 56 Plut. Alc. . . 57 Timandra (or Damasandra) and Theodote (Ath. c, e). The association with Medontis (Ath. e, a) may be of older date.

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