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To: marktwain
Thucydides (6.58) has Hippias disarming the Athenians by a trick just after his brother Hipparchus had been assassinated so possibly Aristotle is wrong to say that the Athenians had been disarmed already earlier by their father Pisistratus.

Polyaenus has a version similar to Aristotle's about Pisistratus disarming the Athenians, so the Founding Fathers could have been aware of the story even though the Athenian Constitution was not rediscovered until later.

5 posted on 06/14/2012 9:55:18 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus
The events involving the Thirty Tyrants and Theramenes are described more fully by Xenophon in his History of Greece, Book 2 (the Penguin translation is called A History of My Times); the earlier events in 411 are described by Thucydides in Book 8.
6 posted on 06/14/2012 10:00:16 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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