Cimon

Cimon (sĪˈmən) [key], d. 449 B.C., Athenian general and statesman; son of Miltiades. He fought at Salamis and shared command (with Aristides) of the fleet sent to rescue the Asian Greek cities from Persian domination. From 478 to 477 he helped Aristides form the Delian League. He conquered Skíros, subdued Asia Minor, and in 468 defeated the Persian sea and land forces on the Eurymedon River. On the death of Aristides he led the Athenian aristocratic and pro-Spartan party and was its chief statesman in succession to Themistocles. He was later sent into exile, from which he was recalled in 451 to conclude a peace with Sparta. He died while besieging Citium, in Cyprus.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Cimon from Fact Monster:

  • Cignani, Carlo, Conte - Cignani, Carlo, Conte Cignani, Carlo, Conte , 1628–1719, Italian historical painter of the ...
  • Skíros - Skíros Skíros or Scyros, island (1991 pop. 2,901), c.80 sq mi (210 sq km), E Greece, ...
  • Callias, fl. 449 B.C., Athenian statesman - Callias Callias , fl. 449 B.C., Athenian statesman; he was related to Cimon and also to Aristides. ...
  • Thásos - Thásos Thásos , island (1991 pop. 13,527), c.170 sq mi (440 sq km), NE Greece, in the ...
  • ostracism - ostracism ostracism , ancient Athenian method of banishing a public figure. It was introduced after ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Ancient History, Greece: Biographies