The killing of the supporters of the aspiring tyrant Cylon in the sanctuary of Athena Polias around 630 BC was regarded as a religious outrage. The family of the responsible archon, that of the Alcmaeonid Megacles, was punished with banishment (Hdt. 5,71; Thuc. 1,126). The sacrilege was repeatedly put forward until the time of Pericles in order to harm the influential Alcmaeonidas (Thuc. 1,127; 2,13); Davies 9688.
K.-W. Welwei, Athen, 1992, 133 ff.
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Stein-Hölkeskamp, Elke (Cologne),
“Alcmaeonid curse”, in:
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