American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Themistocles 527?-460? B.C. Athenian military and political leader. After persuading the Athenians to build a navy, he led the new fleet to victory over Persia in the Battle of Salamis (480).
- n. Athenian statesman who persuaded Athens to build a navy and then led it to victory over the Persians (527-460 BC)
“Notwithstanding this, Stesimbrotus says that Themistocles was a hearer of Anaxagoras, and that he studied natural philosophy under Melissus, contrary to chronology; for Melissus commanded the Samians in their siege by Pericles, who was much Themistocles junior; and with Pericles, also, Anaxagoras was intimate.”
“But Themistocles, sleeping in the middle of the day, saw the Mother of the gods appear to him in a dream and say unto him, Themistocles, keep back from the Lions-head, for fear you fall into the lions jaws; for this advice I expect that your daughter Mnesiptolema should be my servant.”
“In short, Themistocles was no angel, but seraphim could not have saved the Greeks.”
““Swords, men!” called Themistocles, never less daunted than at the pinch,”
“Transport was the Aberdeen liner "Themistocles," of some 11,000 tons.”
“Themistocles" resumed her course and, passing through the Malta”
“Aristeides and Democrates had passed from arguments to all but threats, even such as Themistocles had used at Salamis.”
“Themistocles," he exclaimed, "those who rise at the public games before the signal are whipped.”
“Themistocles," said he, "they who at the public games rise before their time are beaten.”
“A document inscribed on stone, known as the Themistocles Decree for the name of the man who moved its passage, confirms Herodotus’s report while adding several important details.”
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