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- n. A form of Athenian colony in the time of Ancient Greece.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A system of colonization of conquered territory practised by the ancient Athenians from 506 b. c.
- n. A colony constituted under this system.
Breaking its promise, Athens sent a cleruchy to garrison its ally Samos.
Pericles then crossed back to Euboea, crushed the revolt, and established a cleruchy in Histaiaea.
If an ally rebelled, part of its lands were confiscated and an Athenian colony (cleruchy) was established, which served both a military purpose and a civil one to help relieve unemployment at Athens.
Around the same time, the Athenians developed a new kind of colony, the cleruchy.
League it remained disaffected towards Athens, and in 447 had to be coerced by the settlement of a cleruchy.