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1. Maybe the most curious institution of the classical Athenian democracy is ostracism, by which the citizenry would kick a politician out of the city for ten years. Here's a very very short introduction. #ostracismculture
2. Ostracism was probably introduced as part of Kleisthenes1's reforms of around 508/7 BC, which also introduced the Council of 500, 10 new tribes, and other democratic innovations. #kleisthenes
3. The 3rd-C AD writer Aelian says Kleisthenes1 was himself ostracised, but there's no real evidence for that; it seems to be part of a tradition of ancient anecdotes about people who were hoist by their own petard. #trickstertricked…
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