1887

n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Laispodias Andronymios 600730

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Abstract

Laispodias, the son of Andronymis, is a rather obscure, but nevertheless important, figure in late fifth-century Athens. He had an aristocratic pedigree, became general at a turning-point in the Peloponnesian war, and was the target of the comic poets on several occasions, probably for his physical appearance as well as his politics. In 411 BC he became entangled in an oligarchic conspiracy which was to shake Athenian society for years to come. Although he is an interesting case in Attic prosopography, Laispodias has attracted relatively little attention from scholars, and this article seeks to throw new light on his life and deeds, as well as the historical events of which he was a witness. Hopefully, a new appraisal of this historical figure may contribute to our understanding of some not so well-known moments and intricacies of late fifth-century Athenian history.

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