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Alcmaeonidae

(ălk'mēŏ`nĭdē), Athenian family powerful in the 7th, 6th, and 5th cent. B.C. Blamed for the murder of the followers of the would-be tyrant Cylon (c.632 B.C.), which had been ordered by Megacles, an archon who was a member of the family, they were considered attainted and were exiled. They were again in Athens in the 6th cent. The most prominent members of the family later were CleisthenesCleisthenes,
fl. 510 B.C., Athenian statesman. He was the head of his family, the Alcmaeonidae, after the exile of Hippias, and with Spartan help had made himself undisputed ruler of Athens by 506 B.C.
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, PericlesPericles
, c.495–429 B.C., Athenian statesman. He was a member of the Alcmaeonidae family through his mother, a niece of Cleisthenes. He first came to prominence as an opponent of the Areopagus (462) and as one of the prosecutors of Cimon, whom he replaced in influence.
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 (whose mother was an Alcmaeonid), and AlcibiadesAlcibiades
, c.450–404 B.C., Athenian statesman and general. Of the family of Alcmaeonidae, he was a ward of Pericles and was for many years a devoted attendant of Socrates. He turned to politics after the Peace of Nicias (421 B.C.
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On the first occasion, 'the men of the plain' near Athens itself, led by a shadowy figure named Lycurgus (almost certainly a member of the Eteobutad clan), joined with 'the men of the shore' from the coastal areas near Cape Sunium, led by Megacles, scion of the Alcmaeonid clan, to overwhelm Peisistratus' supporters--'the men from the hills'--and drive the bodyguards he had been voted by the Athenian assembly from their perch on the acropolis.
49) But that semblance was countered by her public reputation, a reputation not unlike that of Elpinice, though less eroticized as far as we know, and perhaps the product not only of her luxurious way of life, but also of her status as the daughter of the tyrant Peisistratus and wife of an Alcmaeonid.
The main political enemies of Themistocles at Athens in the 470s and 460s had been the Philaid Cimon and the Alcmaeonid family (Plus.
When Pisistratus triumphed, they had been faced with the awkward choice of retiring like the Alcmaeonid family into exile or of remaining to kiss the rod.
12) Recall the nosy Alcmaeonid mother of Peisistratus's second wife (1.