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Korynephoroi
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(κορυνηφόροι; korynēphóroi, ‘mace-bearers’).

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[1] Bodyguards of Peistratus

Bodyguards who were to protect Peisistratus against an alleged threat from his opponents. They were granted to him by the Athenian people. He used them to occupy the acropolis (Hdt. 1,59). Solon supposedly recognized this striving for tyranny and he was the only one to declare himself against the bodyguards ([Aristot.] Ath. Pol. 14,2; Plut. Solon 30).

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Patzek, Barbara (Wiesbaden) and Portmann, Werner (Berlin), “Korynephoroi”, 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 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e620780>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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