In fresh myrtle my blade I'll entwine, Like Harmodius
, the gallant and good, When he made at the tutelar shrine A libation of Tyranny's blood.
Thus the plot against the children of Pisistratus arose from their injurious treatment of Harmodius
's sister, and insulting him also; for Harmodius
resenting the injury done to his sister, and Aristogiton the injury done to Harmodius
and Aristogeiton were worshipped as demigods in Athens after slaying the tyrant Hipparchus in an apparent personal dispute.
(53.) As with Harmodius
's sister at the Panathenaia (Thucydides 2.56).
From Kritios and Nesiotes' threateningly advancing musclemen Harmodius
and Aristogeiton, known as the Tyrannicides or tyrant killers (477-476 B.C.), and Polykleitos's athletically balanced Doryphoros in contrapposto (450-400 B.C.) to Myron's unnatural but compellingly dynamic discuss throwing Diskobolus (460-450 B.C.) and Lysippos' monumental leaning Hercules, known to us as the Farnese Hercules (4th century B.C.), Classical Greek sculpture embraced movement to the extent that it sought to blur the lines between bronze and flesh.
Arguing that "same-sex eroticism" has a "long and hallowed relationship to democracy and military valor" in both the historical and literary record of ancient Greece, Boswell goes on to discuss several other celebrated warrior lovers, including Harmodius
and Aristogeiton, Pelopidas and Epaminondas, Alexander and Bagoas, Hadrian and Antinous (15-17).
Maybe Hadrian, Zeno, Themistocles, Harmodius
, Aristogiton, Sophocles, and Socrates were, but what of John Milton?
(46) Thus, Xerxes brought the sculpture of Harmodius
and Aristogeiton from Athens to Susa, and the sculptor Telephanes from the island of Phocaea worked at the court of Darius I and Xerxes.
Thucydides' digression on Harmodius
and Aristogeiton, juxtaposed to the diachronic narrative of affairs concerning Alcibiades, may indeed advance accurate knowledge of the past to be the apposite determinant variable in the process of arriving at decisions in the present.
A few years after the death of the tyrant Peisistratus in the late sixth century BC, one of his sons was slain by two aristocrats called Harmodius