A young athenian aristocrat, he came to prominence during the peloponnesian war (429-404 bc) between sparta and athens flamboyant “for those who might just pick this up and read beware its a serious biography of alcibiades from athens a friend of socrates and lived during the penopolesian wars after ages a. Alcibiades was born around 450 in one of the noblest and wealthiest families of athens his father was clinias, a member of an old aristocratic athenian family that traced its origins to eurysaces, the son of ajax, king of salamis, who had earned athenian citizenship by handing the island over to athens. David stuttard tells a spellbinding story of alcibiades' life and the turbulent world he set out to conquer and his narrative exposition are dazzling throughout, bringing to singing life the mercurial, magnetic, passionate, and persuasive personality of this still hugely controversial athenian aristocrat of the fifth century bc. We may be sure that everyone in the audience knew what was meant—the lion's cub was alcibiades, son of cleinias possibly it is to this time that we are to refer an anecdote, which if it is true, indicates pretty clearly the way in which the young aristocrat regarded athenian politics calling at his guardian's house, and. Alcibiades, (born c 450 bc, athens [greece]—died 404, phrygia [now in turkey]), brilliant but unscrupulous athenian politician and military commander who provoked general for the first time in 420, he opposed the aristocratic leader nicias, who had negotiated peace, and steered athens into an anti-spartan alliance with. Classical athens department of history and archaeology cardiff university n the olympic games of 4161 alcibiades of athens fielded three teams in one of the most prestigious olympic that depicts victories won by individuals of aristocratic origin as honorable and beneficial to both the victor and his home. David stuttard recreates ancient athens at the height of its glory as he follows alcibiades from childhood to political power exposition are dazzling throughout, bringing to singing life the mercurial, magnetic, passionate and persuasive personality of this still hugely controversial athenian aristocrat of the fifth century bc.
At the beginning of the second century ad, plutarch of chaeronea wrote a series of pairs of biographies of greek and roman statesmen their purpose is moral: the reader is invited to reflect on important ethical issues and to use the example of these great men from the past to improve his or her own conduct this book. Timon is a kind and generous aristocrat in athens with one major fault—he is a spendthrift everyone in the meantime, alcibiades, a captain of athens, has been pleading against a death sentence given to one of his men by the senate for his he hears about timon, who has fled athens to live a hermit's life timon. Alcibiades was the son of cleinias, a brilliant but unstable athenian politician wealthy, handsome, and aristocratic, alcibiades was brought up in the house of his guardian, pericles, and groomed for a political career he had every possible advantage and in addition possessed exceptional charm and ability as a. Waterfield describes well the ambitious and unscrupulous characters that dominated the public life of the age there was alcibiades, famous for his looks, his horses, his wealth and his drunken excesses: he was a prominent athenian general who defected to sparta, then to persia and finally plotted against.
The athenian general alcibiades (ca 450-404 bc) served athens and its enemies alike and caused damage to every state that employed him alcibiades was the son of cleinias, a brilliant but unstable athenian politician wealthy, handsome, and aristocratic, alcibiades was brought up in the house of his guardian,. Alcibiades was born in 451/450 bce, the son of the athenian politician cleinias, and his mother deinomache was from the ancient aristocratic family the alkmeonidai alcibiades was also the nephew of the great athenian statesman pericles and he spent his childhood in the family home of his famous.
In fifth-century bce athens, one of the most controversial generals and politicians was an aristocrat called alcibiades, who had a pet dog this was not unusual in our source for alcibiades' dog is chapter 9 of plutarch's 'biography' of this great and controversial 5th c bce general plutarch's purpose is to. What appears almost certain is that the decisions to prosecute and ultimately convict socrates had a lot to do with the turbulent history of athens in the several years power shift, as pericles--perhaps history's first liberal politician--acted on his belief that the masses, and not just property-owning aristocrats, deserved liberty.
This is a survey of ancient greek history from the bronze age to the death of socrates in 399 bce along with studying the most important events and personalities, we will consider broader issues such as political and cultural values and methods of historical interpretation from the lesson the great 50 years (ca 480-431. Just the facts 1)athenian orator, commander, and flamboyant aristocrat during the peloponnesian war lived about 451-404 bce 2)had a golden shield made for himself with eros (ie cupid) holding a thunderbolt on it if there's a better way of saying i will kill you and bone your wife, we'd like to hear it. History of the peloponnesian war, and opinion on him is as sharply divided among modern scholars as it importance of alcibiades' private life to the athenian view of him, see seager ( ) – indeed, as john moles points followers of socrates are aristocratic than is usually observed there is much debate. Alcibiades is one of the most famous (or infamous) characters of classical greece a young athenian aristocrat, he came to prominence during the peloponnesian war (429-404 bc) between sparta and athens flamboyant, charismatic (and wealthy), this close associate of socrates persuaded the.
A brash athenian aristocrat named alcibiades (c 450-404 bc) was especially active against the uneasy peace he was a member of one of athens' richest and most distinguished families, and he had been raised in the household of pericles after his father had died in battle against allies of sparta in 447 when his son was. On the contrary, the family to which alcibiades on the father belonged, despite antiquity and eminence, entered not many well-known names in history the exception is made, perhaps, by his grandfather alcibiades old — the associate clisfen trying to subvert dominion of the athenian aristocracy and to.
Alcibiades was born into a rich and powerful athenian family during the athenian heyday his mother, dinomache, belonged to the aristocratic alcmaeonid clan for those of you that are very interested in knowning about alcibiades, it would be worthwhile reading about his maternal mother, her history and upbringing will. The peloponnesian war was one of the most tumultuous periods in the history of ancient greece as the greek cities fought each other for control this idea was encouraged by alcibiades, who convinced the athenian aristocrats that tissaphernes would start financially supporting them in the war if they gave up democracy. I have never really understood the extraordinary magnetic charisma generated by alcibiades, both throughout his lifetime (c 450-404 bce) and among the many modern scholars who have continued to be dazzled by it whether as spoilt aristocratic brat, narcissistic pretty-boy trading on his looks (and. The history of 5th-century athens is one of the key subjects of classical scholarship and therefore has an enormous bibliography every new essay on this is of athenian society one of the representatives of the aristocracy is plato's uncle charmides, son of glaucon, who is studied as a model of arete.