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 (ăl′sə-bī′ə-dēz′) 450?-404 bc.
Athenian politician and general whose brilliant military career foundered during the Peloponnesian War (431-404), during which he changed allegiance three times.


(Biography) 450–404 bc, Athenian statesman and general in the Peloponnesian War: brilliant, courageous, and unstable, he defected to the Spartans in 415, but returned and led the Athenian victories at Abydos (411) and Cyzicus (410)
ˌAlciˌbiaˈdean adj


(ˌæl səˈbaɪ əˌdiz)

450?–404 B.C., Athenian politician and general.
Al`ci•bi`a•de′an, adj.
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Any Gorgian overtones to the character of Peisthetaerus can be put down to the fact that Alcibiades came under the Sicilian sophist's spell; Plato made much the same point in setting his satirical dialogue Gorgias in the house of the Alcibiadean Callicles.