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My father on the male side belonged to the Eupatrids,1 whose noble birth is apparent from the very name. On the female side he was of the Alcmeonidae,2 who left behind a glorious memorial of their wealth; for Alcmeon3 was the first Athenian to win at Olympia with a team of horses, and the goodwill which they had toward the people they displayed in the time of the tyrants. For they were kinsmen of Pisistratus4 and before he came to power were closest to him of all the citizens, but they refused to share his tyranny; on the contrary, they preferred exile rather than to see their fellow-citizens enslaved.

1 The Eupatrids (sons of noble sires) were the nobles, or patricians, in Athens of the early time.

2 Descendants of Alcmeon, one of the greatest families in early Athens, expelled from the city in 595 B.C.

3 Son of Megacles.

4 Pisistratus was a tyrant of Athens in the sixth century B.C.

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