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Aristocrats of Corinth, claimed Heraclid descent from King Bacchis. After suppressing the kingship c.750 bc they ruled, 200 in number, until Cypselus overthrew them c.657. Corinth's western interests were established under them; they founded Syracuse and Corcyra, and were allies of Chalcis in the Lelantine War (see greece (history), Archaic period). They married only among themselves (see endogamy), and were more exclusive than most Greek aristocracies; that was the main reason for their fall.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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