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Callias


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Son of Hipponicus, of one of the richest families in 5th‐cent. Athens; the family was also religiously important as one of the genos Kērӯkĕs, which supplied some of the priests for the mysteries at Eleusis, esp. the dadouchos (‘torchbearer’); Callias himself was dadouchos. He married Elpinīcē, sister of Cimon. He distinguished himself at the battle of Marathon. His colossal wealth may derive from early exploitation of the Laurium silver‐mines. He supposedly negotiated the Callias Peace of c.450 bc with Persia and was one of the negotiators of the Thirty Years Peace with Sparta in 446. He was father of Hipponicus, a general in the Archidamian War, and grandfather of Callias 2. He was probably proxenos of Sparta, because Xenophon makes his grandson say he inherited the role.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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