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or Clis·the·nes

  1. active c515–c495 b.c., Athenian statesman.
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Examples from the Web for cleisthenes

Historical Examples

  • It was Cleisthenes who made Attica a democratic state; and thus it came about.

    Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)

    Charles Morris

  • It was also with Cleisthenes that the measure known as Ostracism originated.


    J.A. McClymont

  • The historical demes were organised by Cleisthenes, on a local basis.

  • The privileges of the Areopagus were Cleisthenes, Ephialtes.

  • The act of Cleisthenes seems to us a very drastic proceeding.

    Ancient Art and Ritual

    Jane Ellen Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for cleisthenes


  1. 6th century bc, Athenian statesman: democratized the political structure of Athens
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