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Headword: Κλέων
Adler number: kappa,1731
Translated headword: Kleon, Cleon
Vetting Status: high
The son of Kleainetos. He was sent off to Pylos and Sphakteria,[1] as the siege [there] was dragging on, a crazy man, son of a tanner; [the man] who was the political opponent of Nikias the son of Nikeratos.[2] Having accomplished many things, he was later sent off into Thrace, as general, and won over many cities. After arriving at Amphipolis he fought a war against Spartans, with Brasidas[3] serving as their general; and he died there, after being struck by a Myrkinian peltast.
Greek Original:
Κλέων, ὁ Κλεαινέτου. ἐπὶ Πύλον καὶ Σφακτηρίαν, χρονιζούσης τῆς πολιορκίας, ἀπεστάλη, μανιώδης ἀνήρ, βυρσοδέψου παῖς: ὃς ἀντεπολιτεύσατο Νικίᾳ τῷ Νικηράτου. πολλὰ δὲ ἐργασάμενος ἔργα, ὕστερον εἰς Θρᾴκην ἀποσταλεὶς στρατηγὸς πολλὰς προσεκτήσατο πόλεις. ἐν Ἀμφιπόλει δὲ γενόμενος Λακεδαιμονίοις ἐπολέμει, Βρασίδου στρατηγοῦντος αὐτῶν. οὗ καὶ μαχόμενος ὑπὸ Μυρκινίου πελταστοῦ βληθεὶς ἀπέθανεν.
OCD(4) s.v. Cleon; died 422 BCE. The present entry briskly summarises his principal appearances in Thucydides.
[1] cf. epsilon 1061, and generally: beta 593, nu 232, etc.
[2] For whom see generally nu 389.
[3] For whom see generally beta 519.
Keywords: biography; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; politics
Translated by: David Whitehead on 16 May 2003@07:20:58.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (augmented note, added keyword, set status) on 12 June 2003@10:41:14.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 13 June 2003@03:25:16.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 9 October 2005@06:15:04.
David Whitehead on 27 February 2013@08:19:54.
David Whitehead on 4 August 2014@06:58:28.


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