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Callistratus, Orator

CALLISTRATUS, ORATOR of Aphidnae, Athenian orator and general in the 4th century b.c. For many years, as prostates, he supported Spartan interests at Athens. On account of the refusal of the Thebans to surrender Oropus, which on his advice they had been allowed to occupy temporarily, Callistratus, despite his magnificent defence (which so impressed Demosthenes that he resolved to study oratory), was condemned to death, 361 b.c. He fled to Methone in Macedonia, and on his return to Athens in 355 he was executed.

See Xenophon, Hellenica, iii. 3, vi. 2; Lycurgus, In Leocr. 93.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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