The Ostracism of the Elder Alkibiades

  title={The Ostracism of the Elder Alkibiades},
  author={Eug{\`e}ne Vanderpool},
N INE ostraka have been discovered bearing the name Alkibiades. Eight of the potsherds come from the Agora Excavations, the ninth from the North Slope of the Acropolis. Since we know from ancient authors that an elder Alkibiades was actually ostracized and that a younger, the famous statesman and general, was a "candidate'" in the year when Hyperbolos was banished,1 the first thing to be decided in the case of each ostrakon is which of the two persons is meant. Name, patronymic and demotic are… Expand

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