Athenian political and military leader who led the democratic faction after the death of Pericles (429 bc ).
(person) Died 422? b.c.; Athenian demagogue.
Cleon Sentence Examples
The story that at Bactra in 327 B.C. in a public speech he advised all to worship Alexander as a god even during his lifetime, is with greater probability attributed to the Sicilian Cleon.
Of these the best known were: the Kolakes, in which he pilloried the spendthrift Callias, who wasted his substance on sophists and parasites; Maricas, an attack on Hyperbolus, the successor of Cleon, under a fictitious name; the Baptae, against Alcibiades and his clubs, at which profligate foreign rites were practised.
The first is the raising of the allies' tribute in 425 B.C. by a certain Thudippus, presumably a henchman of Cleon.
In 422 B.C. Cleon led an unsuccessful expedition to recover it, in which both he and Brasidas were slain.