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Diagoras
(491 words)

(Διαγόρας; Diagóras).

[German version]

[1] of Eretria Politician 6th cent. BC

Towards the end of the 6th cent. BC (between 539 and 510?), D. overturned the ‘oligarchy of the knights’, allegedly for personal motives (Aristot. Pol. 5,5, 1306a 35-37) [1]. In posthumous tribute, a statue of D. was erected (Heraclides Lembus fr. 40 Dilts). Whether D. as nomothetes introduced a ‘democratic constitution’ [2], has to remain a moot point.

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Hölkeskamp, Karl-Joachim (Cologne), Robbins, Emmet (Toronto) and Decker, Wolfgang (Cologne), “Diagoras”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e316410>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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