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[thuh-mis-tuh-kleez] /θəˈmɪs təˌkliz/
527?–460? b.c, Athenian statesman. Unabridged
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  • But Themistocles was not the man to be hoodwinked by the simple cunning of the Spartans.

  • Themistocles was the first who clearly saw that the future of Athens lay on the sea.

  • And as good success had Themistocles in his of the fox and hedgehog.

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • Look at the matter in your own way: Would you not admit that Themistocles was a good man?

    Meno Plato
  • The same tale might be repeated about Cimon, Themistocles, Miltiades.

    Gorgias Plato
  • Critobulus continued, “What was it that Themistocles did to make himself so esteemed?”

  • In that sense I think it was young in the time of Themistocles and Aeschylus.

  • He stole lots of things, Themistocles did; but Papa found him out.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • So no one got the first prize, but special honours were paid to Themistocles.

British Dictionary definitions for Themistocles


?527–?460 bc, Athenian statesman, who was responsible for the Athenian victory against the Persians at Salamis (480). He was ostracized in 470
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Word Origin and History for Themistocles

name of great Athenian political leader, from Greek Themistokles, literally "famed in law and right," from themis "custom, law, right" (see Themis) + -kles (see Damocles).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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