Elpinice

Elpinice (, Flourished c. 450 BC ancient Greece) was a noble woman of classical Athens.wikipedia
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Miltiades

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She was the daughter of Miltiades, tyrant of the Greek colonies on the Thracian Chersonese, and half sister of Cimon, an important Athenian political figure.
His daughter Elpinice is remembered for her confrontations with Pericles, as recorded by Plutarch.

Cimon

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She was the daughter of Miltiades, tyrant of the Greek colonies on the Thracian Chersonese, and half sister of Cimon, an important Athenian political figure.
As the head of his household, he also had to look after his sister or half-sister Elpinice.

Incest

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Greek law allowed marriage between a brother and sister if they had different mothers.
For example, some accounts say that Elpinice was for a time married to her half-brother Cimon.

Classical Athens

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Elpinice (, Flourished c. 450 BC ancient Greece) was a noble woman of classical Athens.

Gallipoli

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She was the daughter of Miltiades, tyrant of the Greek colonies on the Thracian Chersonese, and half sister of Cimon, an important Athenian political figure.

Plutarch

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She is known from Plutarch's life of Pericles where she appears twice in political confrontations with the Athenian statesman.

Pericles

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She is known from Plutarch's life of Pericles where she appears twice in political confrontations with the Athenian statesman. When the people of the island of Samos revolted against Athenian rule, Pericles pursued a war against them and punished them by demolishing their city walls, confiscating their ships and forcing them to pay a large fine.

Callias II

Callias
Some accounts say that Elpinice was for a time married to her brother, but was later given as a bride to Callias, one of the richest men in Athens, who had fallen in love with her.

Alexander I of Macedon

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When Cimon was charged with treason for taking bribes from Alexander I, king of Macedonia, she negotiated his acquittal with Pericles.

Samos

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When the people of the island of Samos revolted against Athenian rule, Pericles pursued a war against them and punished them by demolishing their city walls, confiscating their ships and forcing them to pay a large fine.

Phoenicia

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Rather than celebrate the victory Elpinice was a lone voice who pointed out that it was won over Athens' own people rather that against her true foreign enemies such as the Phoenicians or Medes.

Medes

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Rather than celebrate the victory Elpinice was a lone voice who pointed out that it was won over Athens' own people rather that against her true foreign enemies such as the Phoenicians or Medes.

Polygnotus

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She was a lover to the artist Polygnotus of Thasos who used her features in his work depicting the Trojan woman Laodice.

Thasos

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She was a lover to the artist Polygnotus of Thasos who used her features in his work depicting the Trojan woman Laodice.

Troy

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She was a lover to the artist Polygnotus of Thasos who used her features in his work depicting the Trojan woman Laodice.

Laodice (daughter of Priam)

Laodice
She was a lover to the artist Polygnotus of Thasos who used her features in his work depicting the Trojan woman Laodice.

Herodes Atticus

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His ancestry could be traced to the Athenian noblewoman Elpinice, a half-sister of the statesman Cimon and daughter of Miltiades.

Claudia Tisamenis

Her ancestry can be traceable to the Athenian noble woman Elpinice (a half sister of statesman Cimon and daughter of politician Miltiades the Younger).

Women in Classical Athens

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A dowry may have been occasionally overlooked if a bride's family connections were very favorable; Callias reportedly married Elpinice, a daughter of the noble Philaidae, to join that family and was sufficiently wealthy that her lack of a dowry did not concern him.

Marriage in ancient Greece

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Thus brothers were permitted to marry even with sisters, if not homometrioi or born from the same mother, as Cimon did with Elpinice, though a connection of this sort appears to have been looked on with abhorrence.

Philaidae

Philaid
He was acquitted on a charge of bribery largely through the efforts of his half-sister Elpinice.