Son of Melēsias, Athenian politician (b. c.500 bc). He was an aristocrat, connected by marriage with Cimon. After the death of Cimon he succeeded him as the leading conservative opponent of Pericles: he is said to have objected esp. to the building programme, and to have organized his supporters in a block in the assembly. His clash with Pericles led to his ostracism c.443; he presumably returned to Athens after the statutory ten years, and acc. to Aristophanes' Acharnians he was prosecuted in old age. Thucydides (2) the historian was probably a member of the same family.
Subjects: Classical Studies.