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Headword: *qemistokle/ous pai=des
Adler number: theta,126
Translated headword: Themistokles' sons, Themistocles' sons
Vetting Status: high
Neokles and Demopolis, having been contestants at the funeral games in Athens, were victorious and were crowned unrecognized. And Neokles won the long course and Demopolis the stadion.[1] Their identities became known after the contest, and they ran the risk of being stoned to death by enemies of Themistokles, who reminded the Athenians of the laws regarding exiles.
Greek Original:
*qemistokle/ous pai=des, *neoklh=s kai\ *dhmo/polis a)gwnisa/menoi to\n e)pita/fion a)gw=na e)n *)aqh/nais kai\ nikh/santes e)stefanw/qhsan a)gnoou/menoi. kai\ *neoklh=s me\n do/lixon e)ni/khse, *dhmo/polis de\ sta/dion. gnwrisqe/ntes de\ meta\ to\n a)gw=na kataleusqh=nai e)kindu/neusan u(po\ tw=n *qemistokle/ous e)xqrw=n, u(pomnhsa/ntwn tou\s *)aqhnai/ous tou\s no/mous tou\s peri\ tw=n fuga/dwn.
C5 BC. (For Themistokles himself see theta 124, theta 125.)
Adler suggests Aelian as the immediate source of this material. In any event it is manifest nonsense, as Neokles had died as a child (Plutarch, Themistocles 32.2) and "Demopolis" is a fabrication -- of the hellenistic historian Phylarchos (FGrH 81 F76). Plutarch, Themistocles 32.4 dismisses this with splendid sarcasm. See generally Davies (below) 217; Podlecki (below) 106-7; Frost (below) 234.
[1] For these events see delta 807 (both), delta 1339.
J.K. Davies, Athenian Propertied Families 600-300 BC (Oxford 1971)
A.J. Podlecki, The Life of Themistocles (Montreal & London 1975)
F.J. Frost, Plutarch's Themistocles: a historical commentary (Princeton 1980)
Keywords: athletics; biography; children; historiography; history; law
Translated by: Debra Hamel on 16 November 1998@16:26:19.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 11 January 2001@09:29:54.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 11 November 2005@07:51:59.
David Whitehead (more x-refs) on 12 February 2008@10:09:54.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 31 December 2012@05:39:41.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 1 January 2013@23:17:35.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 16 October 2018@19:44:44.


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