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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 via others its maximum enemy. This publication is a learn of the explosive mix of worry and fascination he excited in his contemporaries and in classical texts. It examines the extreme pressure among the classical urban and the person of superlative strength, prestige, and ambition.

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And the Agatharchus episode (Dem. . , cf. ] . ). 16 Also reflected in the earlier Platonic dialogues, especially the Gorgias (see Ch.  below), and, in another sense, in Thucydides. Cf. Bruns (: –). 17 Frags. in FGH , –. 18 See Connor (); Lane Fox (). 19 See Connor (: –). 20 Schmitt-Pantel (: –). 21 Alcibiades’ speaking ability is praised by Demosthenes (. ), Theophrastus (frag.  Wehrli), and even by his enemy the speaker of Lys. . .

And the story may have been inspired by a real work of art. Russell (: ) suspects a comic source. 43 44 Élite Individual and Democratic City  military campaign. Even the serious and public is annexed to a life of frivolous luxury. 48 In Athenaeus-Satyrus, the story of the gifts provided by the cities, ‘whom Alcibiades used as though they were his maidservants . . whenever he set out on journeys’, serves merely as another illustration of Alcibiades’ general extravagance. 49 The symbolic quality of the action is also lost, leaving yet another baroque display of luxurious living.

17 Frags. in FGH , –. 18 See Connor (); Lane Fox (). 19 See Connor (: –). 20 Schmitt-Pantel (: –). 21 Alcibiades’ speaking ability is praised by Demosthenes (. ), Theophrastus (frag.  Wehrli), and even by his enemy the speaker of Lys. . . 14 15 Élite Individual and Democratic City  tions of political life. 22 Even today, ancient historians find it difficult to locate Alcibiades in their models of fifth-century political development:23 his impeccable aristocratic birth and use of traditional aristocratic forms of display like horse-rearing seem to set him apart from a generation of ‘new politicians’ relying on a more direct, more democratic popular appeal.

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