A Comparison Of Cimon 's Exile And Return ( Plutarch 136 )

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Cimon was an Athenian military general living in the 6th and 5th century BCE. He was the son of Miltiades and Hegesipyle which made him very well known (Plutarch 120). Throughout his life, he lead many successful military missions as well as some unsuccessful. Cimon had a slight mishap when he advocated that there should be more cooperation between Athens and Sparta- two rival states. As a result, he was ostracised from Athens for 10 years beginning in 461BC. Cimon eventually returned to Athens around 451BC when he started rebuilding the state. However, what often goes unnoticed is the effect Cimon had on creating democracy in Athens.
The main action that influenced democracy in Athens was Cimon’s exile and return (Plutarch 136). By all means being exiled did not make him a popular man; however, when he returned he gradually regained popularity by working hard for it. He returned at a lower level of power than he originally was which lead to his hard work and eventual death in battle. For these reasons, its obvious that Cimon had an effect on democracy in Athens. Because of his effort to regain popularity by hard working, Cimon proved that he could be a political leader; however, would never be appointed due to the fact that it was not democratic. The citizens of Athens regained Cimon’s respect and would have likely voted him in power if there had been the opportunity. In that sense, Cimon influenced democracy in Athens because the people realized there are better people
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