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Cimon

athens pericles leader

Cimon (c.507-c.449 B.C.), Athenian statesman and military leader in the Greco-Persian Wars. He became the leader of the aristocrats, those opposing the democrat Pericles and his reform-minded followers. He was exiled by Pericles, but returned to Athens in 451 B.C., and eventually effected a reconciliation between Sparta and Athens.

See also: Athens; Greece, Ancient.

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