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matter treated as serious, began to be disconcerted and back out. But it was intolerable to spoil the joke by letting him off, and the people insisted that he should abide by his word. And he at last recovered his self-possession and coolly replied, that if they wished it then, he would go, and would take merely the Lemnians and Imbrians then in the city, and bring them back the Spartans dead or alive within twenty days. And indeed, says Thu-cydides, wild as the proceeding appeared, soberer minds were ready to pay the price of a considerable failure abroad for the ruin of the demagogue at home.
Fortune, however, brought Cleon to Pylos at the moment when he could appropriate for his needs the merit of an enterprise already devised, and no doubt entirely executed, by Demosthenes. [demosthenes.] He appears, however, not to have been without shrewdness either in the selection of his troops or his coadjutor, and it is at least some small credit that he did not mar his good luck. In any case he brought back his" prisoners within his time, among them 120 Spartans of the highest blood. (Thuc. iv. 27—39.) At this, the crowning point of his fortunes, Aristophanes dealt him his severest blow. In the next winter's Lenaea, b. c. 424, appeared " The Knights," in which Cleon figures as an actual dramatis persona, and, in default of an artificer bold enough to make the mask, was represented by the poet himself with his face smeared witli wine-lees. The play is simply one satire on his venality, rapacity, ignorance, violence, and cowardice; and was at least successful so far as to receive the first prize. It treats of him, however, chiefly as the leader in the Ecclesia; the Wasps, in B. c. 422, similarly displays him as the grand patron of the abuses of the courts of justice. He is said to have originated the increase of the dicast's stipend from one to three obols (See Bockh, Publ. Econ. of 'Athens, bk. ii. 15), and in general he professed to be the tmhired advocate of the poor, and their protector and enricher by his judicial attacks on the rich.
The same year (422) saw, however, the close of his career. Late in the summer, he went out, after the expiration of the year's truce, to act against Brasidas in Chalcidice. He seems to have persuaded both himself and the people of his consummate ability as a general, and he took with him a magnificent army of the best troops. He effected with ease the capture of Torone, and then moved towards Amphipolis, which Brasidas also hastened to protect. Utterly ignorant of the art of war, he advanced with no fixed purpose, but rather to look about him, up to the walls of the city; and on finding the enemy preparing to sally, directed so unskilfully a precipitate retreat, that the soldiers of one wing presented their unprotected right side to the attack. The issue of the combat is related under brasidas. Cleon himself fell, in an early flight, by the hand of aMyrcinian targeteer. (Thuc. v. 2, 3, 6—10.)
Cleon may be regarded as the representative of the worst faults of the Athenian democracy, such as it came from the hands of Pericles. While Pericles lived, his intellectual and moral power was a sufficient check, nor had the assembly as .yet become conscious of its own sovereignty. In later times the evil found itself certain alleviations ; the coarse and illiterate demagogues were succeeded by the line of orators, and the throne of Pericles was at
last worthily filled by Demosthenes. How far we must call Cleon the creature and how far the cause of the vices and evils of his time of course is hard to say ; no doubt he was partly both. He is said (Plut. Nicias, 8) to have first broken through the gravity and seemliness of the Athenian assembly by a loud and violent tone and coarse gesticulation, tearing open his dress, slapping his thigh, and running about while speaking. It is to this probably, and not to any want of pure Athenian blood, that the title Paphlagonian (Ha^aycvv, from Tra^Aa^co), given him in the Knights, refers. His power and familiarity with the assembly are shewn in a story (Plut. Nicias, 7), that on one occasion the people waited for him, perhaps to propose some motion, for a long time, and that he at last appeared with a garland on, and begged that they would put off the meeting till the morrow, " for," said he, " today I have no time : I am entertaining some guests, and have just sacrificed,"—a request which the assembly took as a good joke, and were good-humoured enough to accede to.
CLEON (KAeW), literary. 1. Of curium, the author of a poem on the expedition of the Argonauts (JAp7oyatm/ca), from which Apollonius Rho-dius took many parts of his poem, (Schol, in ApolL Rhod. i. 77, 587, 624.)
2. Of halicarnassus, a rhetorician, lived at the end of the 5th and the beginning of the 4th century b. c. (Plut. Lys. 25.)
4. A sicilian, one of the literary Greeks in the train of Alexander the Great, who, according to Curtius, corrupted .the profession of good arts by their evil manners. At the banquet, at which the proposal was made to adore Alexander (b. c. 327), Cleon introduced the subject. (Curt. viii. 5. § 8.) Neither Arrian nor Plutarch mentions him ; and Arrian (iv. 10) puts into the mouth of Anax-archus the same proposal and a similar speech to that which Curtius ascribes to Cleon.
CLEON (KAew), an oculist who must have lived some time before the beginning of the Christian era, as he is mentioned by Celsus. (De Medic, vi. 6. §§ 5, 8, 11, pp. 119—121.) Some of his prescriptions are also quoted by Galen (De Compos. Medicam. sec. Locos, iii. 1, vol. xii. p. 636), Aetius (Lib. Medic, ii. 2. 93, ii. 3. 15, 18, 27, 107, pp. 294, 306, 309, 353), and Panlus Aegineta. (DeReMed. vii. 16, p. 672.) [W.A.G.]
CLEON. 1. A sculptor of Sicyon, a pupil of Antiphanes, who had been taught by Periclytus, a follower of the great Polycletus of Argos. (Pans, v. 17. § 1.) Cleon's age is determined by two bronze statues of Zeus at Olympia executed after 01. 98, and another of Deinoloclms, after OL 102. (Paus. vi. 1. § 2.) He excelled in portrait-statues (Philosophos, Plin. PI. N. xxxiv. 19, is to be taken as a general term), of which several athletic ones are mentioned by Pausanias. (vi. 3. § 4, 8. § 3, 9. § 1, 10, fin.)