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 (thə-mĭs′tə-klēz′) 525?-460? bc.
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).
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(Biography) ?527–?460 bc, Athenian statesman, who was responsible for the Athenian victory against the Persians at Salamis (480). He was ostracized in 470
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(θəˈmɪs təˌkliz)

527?–460? B.C., Athenian statesman.
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I might answer them as Themistocles answered the Seriphian who was abusing him and saying that he was famous, not for his own merits but because he was an Athenian: `If you had been a native of my country or I of yours, neither of us would have been famous.' And to those who are not rich and are impatient of old age, the same reply may be made; for to the good poor man old age cannot be a light burden, nor can a bad rich man ever have peace with himself.
It was well said by Themistocles, to the king of Persia, That speech was like cloth of Arras, opened and put abroad; whereby the imagery doth appear in figure; whereas in thoughts they lie but as in packs.
George I., an infant of eighteen, and a scraggy nest of foreign office holders, sit in the places of Themistocles, Pericles, and the illustrious scholars and generals of the Golden Age of Greece.
Socrates replies here, as elsewhere (Laches, Prot.), that Themistocles, Pericles, and other great men, had sons to whom they would surely, if they could have done so, have imparted their own political wisdom; but no one ever heard that these sons of theirs were remarkable for anything except riding and wrestling and similar accomplishments.
The heroes of ancient and modern fame, Cimon, Themistocles, Alcibiades, Alexander, Caesar, have treated life and fortune as a game to be well and skilfully played, but the stake not to be so valued but that any time it could be held as a trifle light as air, and thrown up.
When agents raided the Boardman, Ohio, house where Justin Olsen was living they recovered 15 rifles, 10 semi-automatic pistols and roughly 10,000 rounds of ammunition, according to a criminal complaint written by FBI Special Agent Themistocles Tsarnas and seen by NBC News.
300: Rise of an Empire 5 Spike, 10pm Greek general Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton, left) faces a struggle to unite all of the country against the God-King Xerxes of Persia to prevent an invasion.
From January 25 vehicles will not be allowed on the following streets: Mnasiadou from its intersection with Makarios Avenue as far as the junction with Stasikratous, Princess de Tyras, Theofanous Theodotos, and Stasikratous from its junction with Themistocles Dervis until the junction with Mnasiadou Street.
Bronson, MD, MSB, and Themistocles Protopsaltis, MD
Raphael reminds us that Themistocles went over to the Persians, the Spartan king Demaratus traveled with Xerxes, and Achilles, by petulantly withdrawing from the battlefield because Agamemnon appropriated his war trophy (the maiden Briseis), caused the death of many Greeks at Troy.
Plutarch's Lives, a collection of biographies of great Greeks and Romans, admiringly described the great innovations in city government that were instituted by the Roman dictator Sulla, the innovative business enterprises of Themistocles, and the magnificent innovations in art by Stasicrates.