Ephialtes


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Ephialtes

(ĕf'ēăl`tēz): see AloadaeAloadae
or Aloidae
, in Greek mythology, two giants who warred against the Olympian gods. Their names were Otus and Ephialtes, and they were sons of Aloeus' wife by Poseidon. They tried to reach heaven to overthrow the gods by piling Mt. Ossa on Mt.
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Ephialtes

 

Died mid-fifth century B.C Athenian state figure.

Ephialtes expressed the interests of the democratic circles of the Athenian population. He campaigned for a break with Sparta and for an autonomous Athenian foreign policy; in domestic politics he advocated further democratization of the state system and the curtailment of the political power of the Areopagus, which was the bulwark of the aristocracy. In 462, Ephialtes aroused the ire of the aristocracy by carrying out a reform that limited the functions of the Areopagus to authority over criminal cases. Shortly thereafter, he was treacherously assassinated. Pericles was an associate of Ephialtes and carried on his policies.

Ephialtes

giant deprived of his left eye by Apollo and of his right eye by Hercules. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 333]

Ephialtes

Greek betrayer of Spartans at Thermopylae. [Gk. Hist.: Kravitz, 89]
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The implication is that all Spartans must make sacrifices for their homeland, whether it be Gorgo giving up her love for Leonidas or Ephialtes giving up his dreams of being a soldier.
The impression left in viewers' minds is that were it not for the failure of Spartan eugenics to catch Ephialtes at birth, King Leonidas might very well have led his outmanned and overmatched army to victory.
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he and Ephialtes persuade Assembly members to strip the Areopagus of much of its power.
Finally a Greek named Ephialtes betrayed the defenders of Thermopylae, revealing to the Persians a concealed path around the pass.
Half a century later a shadowy figure called Ephialtes, who is credited with stripping the aristocratic Areopagus of many of its powers, was assassinated.
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