- Alcmaeonid family
Athenian family important in the 6th–5th century BC.During the archonship (magistracy) of the Alcmaeonid Megacles (632? BC), the family was banished for murder; it returned twice to oust the tyrant Peisistratus before again being exiled. Megacles' son Cleisthenes became archon in 525/524, but in 514 Peisistratus' son Hippias again exiled the family for murdering his brother. The family reestablished itself after the Spartans drove out the Peisistratids in 510. The next generation may have aided the Persians at the Battle of Marathon (490). Alcibiades and Pericles were both Alcmaeonids.
* * *▪ ancient Greek dynastya powerful Athenian family, claiming descent from the legendary Alcmaeon, that was important in 5th- and 6th-century-BC politics. During the archonship of one of its members, Megacles (632? BC), a certain Cylon failed in an attempt to make himself tyrant, and his followers were slain at an altar sanctuary. Accused of sacrilege and murder, the Alcmaeonids incurred the bloodguilt that was to be used against them in political struggles for more than two centuries. The family was banished for the murder but returned during the ascendancy of Solon (early 6th century) to lead a party in Athens, which accepted Solon's reforms.After Peisistratus became tyrant in 561–560, the Alcmaeonids, allied with the more conservative aristocrats, twice drove him from the city before he managed to have the family exiled. They were recalled later, and one of their members, Cleisthenes (Cleisthenes Of Athens), was made archon for 525/524. Upon the murder of Peisistratus' son Hipparchus in 514, they were exiled once more by the tyrant Hippias. In 513 Cleisthenes led the Alcmaeonids in an unsuccessful invasion of Attica from their base in Boeotia. The family was rewarded for rebuilding the fire-damaged temple of Apollo at Delphi when the Spartans, largely at the insistence of the Delphic oracle, finally drove out the Peisistratids in 510. Two years later Cleisthenes introduced a program of constitutional reforms that greatly furthered the development of Athenian democracy.The policy followed by this opportunistic family during the next generation is obscure. They were suspected of collusion with the Persians at the Battle of Marathon (Marathon, Battle of) (490), but the direct-line descendants were considerably less prominent after the Persian Wars. Both Alcibiades and Pericles, however, were descended from the family through their mothers. Spartan demands at the beginning of the Peloponnesian War for the expulsion of the Alcmaeonids were provocations directed at Pericles.
* * *
Look at other dictionaries:
family — /fam euh lee, fam lee/, n., pl. families, adj. n. 1. parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not. 2. the children of one person or one couple collectively: We want a large family. 3. the spouse and children … Universalium
Pericles — /per i kleez /, n. c495 429 B.C., Athenian statesman. * * * born с 495, Athens died 429 BC, Athens Athenian general and statesman largely responsible for the full development of Athenian democracy and the Athenian empire. Related to the… … Universalium
Cleisthenes of Athens — born с 570 BC died с 508 Athenian statesman and chief archon (525–524), regarded as the founder of Athenian democracy. A member of the Alcmaeonid family, he allied himself with the Ecclesia (citizens assembly) in 508 and imposed democratic… … Universalium
Pericles — Infobox Military Person name= Pericles caption= Marble portrait bust of Pericles mdash; Roman copy of an original portrait by Kresilas (British Museum, London) allegiance= Athens rank= General (Strategos) commands= nickname= lived= ca. 495 – 429… … Wikipedia
Cleisthenes — For other figures with the same name as well as for the genus of flounders, see Cleisthenes (disambiguation). Cleisthenes is known as the father of Athenian democracy . Modern bust, on view at the Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio. Cleisthenes… … Wikipedia
Megacles — ▪ Athenian statesman [flourished mid 6th century BC] flourished 6th century BC the leader of one of the parties that struggled for control of Athens during the period between the archonship of Solon and the establishment of Peisistratus… … Universalium
Miltiades the Younger — born с 554, Athens died probably 489 BC, Athens Athenian general. He was sent by Hippias to strengthen Athenian control of the sea routes from the Black Sea and made himself a petty tyrant there. He fought the Scythians with Darius I in 513 and… … Universalium
Alcmaeon (King of Athens) — Alcmaeon (Greek: polytonic|Ἀλκμαίων) was the last Archon of Athens, and member of the storied Alcmaeonid family. In 753 BC he was succeeded by Charops, the first archon with a limited term of office of ten years … Wikipedia
Paralus and Xanthippus — (Gr. polytonic|Πάραλος and polytonic|Ξάνθιππος) were the two legitimate sons of Pericles, Xanthippus being the older one and Paralus the younger, and hence members of the Alcmaeonid family.cite encyclopedia | last = Mason | first = Charles Peter… … Wikipedia
Ariphron — (Gr. polytonic|Ἀρίφρων) was the name of several people from ancient Greek history:cite encyclopedia | last = Smith | first = William | authorlink = William Smith (lexicographer) | title = Alcmaeonidae | editor = William Smith | encyclopedia =… … Wikipedia