Pheidon sentence example
- It is usually stated, on the authority of Ephorus, that Pheidon of Argos established a mint in Aegina.
- Pheidon assisted the Pisatans to expel the Elean superintendents of the Olympian games and presided at the festival himself.
- The Eleans, however, refused to recognize the Olympiad or to include it in the register, and shortly afterwards, with the aid of the Spartans, who are said to have looked upon Pheidon as having ousted them from the headship of Greece, defeated Pheidon and were reinstated in the possession of Pisatis and their former privileges.
- Pheidon is said to have lost his life in a faction fight at Corinth, where the monarchy had recently been overthrown.
- According to this, Pheidon must have flourished during the early part of the 6th century.Advertisement
- On the whole, modern authorities assign Pheidon to the first half of the 7th century.
- Herodotus further states that Pheidon established a system of weights and measures throughout Peloponnesus, to which Ephorus and the Parian Chronicle add that he was the first to coin silver money, and that his mint was at Aegina.
- Hence, unless a later Pheidon is assumed, the statement of Ephorus must be considered unhistorical.
- No such difficulty occurs in regard to the weights and measures; it is generally agreed that a system was already in existence in the time of Pheidon, into which he introduced certain changes.
- Pisa had, indeed, a brief moment of better fortune, when Pheidon of Argos celebrated the 28th Olympiad under the presidency of the Pisatans.Advertisement
- Under King Pheidon the Argive empire embraced all eastern Peloponnesus, and its influence spread even to the western districts.