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Cimon, as certain writers say, was the son of Miltiades, but according to others his father was known as Stesagoras.1 And he had a son Callias by Isodice.2 And this Cimon was married to his own sister Elpinice3 as Ptolemy was at a later time to Berenice,4 and Zeus to Hera before them, and as the Persians do at the present time. And Callias pays a fine of fifty talents, in order that his father Cimon may not suffer punishment because of his disgraceful marriage, that, namely, of brother with sister. The number of those who write about this it would be a long task for me to recount; for the multitude of those who have written about it is boundless, such as the comic poets and orators and Diodorus and others.Tzetzes, Hist. 1. 582-593.

1 Stesagoras was the brother of Miltiades and so Cimon's uncle.

2 Granddaughter of the wealthy Megacles.

3 Elpinice was the half-sister of Cimon, and Nepos Cimon 1.2 states that Athenian law allowed the marriage of brother and sister who had only the same father. But Wilamowitz-Moellendorf (Hermes, 12 (1877), p. 339, n. 23) clears Cimon of this scandalous charge. She was clearly a vigorous personality (cp. Plut. Cimon 4, 15). The stories about Elpinice became more scandalous in the course of time (cp. Athenaeus 13, 589e).

4 Three Ptolemies had sisters named Berenice.

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