In the case of Themistocles,1 his family was too obscure to further his reputation. His father was Neocles,—no very conspicuous man at Athens,—a Phrearrhian by deme, of the tribe Leontis; and on his mother's side he was an alien, as her epitaph testifies:—

Abrotonon was I, and a woman of Thrace, yet I brought forth
That great light of the Greeks,—know! 'twas Themistocles.

1 It is probable that one or more introductory paragraphs of this biography have been lost.

2 Athenaeus xiii. p. 576.

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