Younger son of Pisistratus of Athens (6th cent. bc). Closely associated with his elder brother Hippias (1), he was known esp. as patron and lover of the arts. He invited Anacreon and Simonides to Athens, and set up herms around Attica with words of gnomic wisdom; see gnome. He may have added Homeric recitals to the Panathenaea (see rhapsodes). It is unclear how much of the artistic momentum of Pisistratid Athens (esp. the temple of Olympian Zeus) should be associated specifically with him. He was murdered by Harmodius and Aristogīton in 514.
Subjects: Classical Studies.