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1 The evidence on the subject of ostracism in Greece at large is too inconclusive to enable us either to accept or to reject this statement with confidence. It is known that the institution existed for a time at least at Argos （Aristot. Pol. 8.3, 1302b 18）, at Miletus （Schol. Aristoph. Kn. 855）, at Megara （ibid.）, and at Syracuse （Dio. Sic. 11.87.6）. It was introduced at Syracuse in 454 B.C. under the name of πεταλισμός, definitely in imitation of Athens.
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