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*Kleo/kritos), an Athenian, herald of the Mysteries, was one of the exiles who returned to Athens with Thrasybulus. After the battle of Munychia, B. C. 404, being remarkable for a very powerful voice, he addressed his countrymen who had fought on the side of the Thirty, calling on them to abandon the cause of the tyrants and put an end to the horrors of civil war. (Xen. Hell. 2.4. §§ 20-22.) His person was as burly as his voice was loud, as we may gather from the joke of Aristophanes (Aristoph. Frogs 1433), who makes Euripides propose to fit on the slender Cinesias by way of wings to Cleocritus, and send them up into the air together to squirt vinegar into the eyes of the Spartans. The other passage also in which Aristophanes mentions him (Av. 876), may perhaps be best explained as an allusion to his stature. (See Schol. ad loc.)


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