The family of Alcibiades, it is thought, may be traced back to Eurysaces,1 the son of Aias, as its founder; and on his mother's side he was an Alcmaeonid, being the son of Deinomache, the daughter of Megacles. His father, Cleinias, fitted out a trireme at his own cost and fought it gloriously at Artemisium.2 He was afterwards slain at Coroneia,3 fighting the Boeotians, and Alcibiades was therefore reared as the ward of Pericles and Ariphron, the sons of Xanthippus, his near kinsmen.4

1 Plat. Alc. 1 121

2 480 B.C.

3 447 B.C.

4 They were first cousins, once removed.

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