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Ismenias (Ancient Greek: Ἰσμηνίας) was an ancient Theban politician of the 4th century BC. He rose to power in the years after the Peloponnesian War and pursued an anti-Spartan policy, which included harboring exiles fleeing the Thirty Tyrants in Athens. During a Spartan occupation of Thebes, he is identified as the leader of the anti-Spartan faction and imprisoned.[1] Plato names him as an example of someone who made a great amount of money in a short period of time,[2] and includes him in a list of rich and powerful men with little moral fiber.[3]


  1. ^ Xenophon, Hellenica V.2.31
  2. ^ Plato. Meno, 90a.
  3. ^ Plato. Republic, 336a.

Further reading

  • Buck, Robert J. Thrasybulus and the Athenian Democracy: The Life of an Athenian Statesman. Franz Steiner Verlag, 1998, ISBN 3-515-07221-7
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