ISAGORAS (Greek : Ἰσαγόρας), son of Tisander, was an
Athenian aristocrat in the late 6th century BC.
He had remained in Athens during the tyranny of Hippias , but after
Hippias was overthrown, he became involved in a struggle for power
Cleisthenes , a fellow aristocrat. In 508 BC he was elected
archon eponymous , but
Cleisthenes opposed him, with support from the
majority of the population.
Isagoras requested support from the
Cleomenes I , an old friend who had earlier been given
hospitality by Isagoras. According to
Herodotus , Cleomenes had had an
affair with Isagoras' wife.
Isagoras, with Cleomenes' help, expelled
Cleisthenes and other
members of the
Alcmaeonidae family on pretext of the Alcmaeonidaean
Megacles ). Cleisthenes' supporters and the ordinary
Athenian citizens revolted against Isagoras' tyranny, and ended up
Isagoras and his Spartan allies on the Acropolis for two
days. On the third day they made a truce, allowed Cleomenes and
Isagoras to escape, and executed 300 of Isagoras' supporters.
Cleisthenes then returned to the city and became archon in the
* ^ Aristotle, The Athenian Constitution, Part 20
Cleisthenes RULER OF ATHENS
Athenian democracy under
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