Herodotus'search For Power

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This second attempt at gaining power was described by Herodotus as "the silliest trick which history has to record.". Dressed in gleaming armor, he arrived in the city accompanied by a tall and beautiful woman, posing as the goddess Athena. The Athenians rejoiced at the arrival of their new leader and the 'goddess' even when they discovered Athena was actually a tall girl called Phye from a local village. To cement his power, he married the daughter of Cleisthenes father, Megacles. However, when Pisistratus discovered the curse of the Alcmaeonids, he divorced her. Without their support his rule came to an abrupt end. A decade later he returned once more at the head of an army and finally established himself as undisputed tyrant, having been
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