Saturday, July 21, 2007
Alcibiades (c 450-404 BCE)
As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delight of presence best known by the torments of absence.
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Athenian statesman and general. He agitated against Sparta during the Peloponnesian war but switched sides after his recall to Athens on false charges during the campaign in Sicily in 415. Alcibiades later directed the Athenian fleet in the Aegean and in 410 won a victory over the Peloponnesian fleet. He was a ward of the general Pericles and a devoted follower of the philosopher Socrates.
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