Miltiades the elder

Miltiades is differenciated by his step-nephew by being called 'the elder' while his step-nephew is called 'the younger'.
The elder Miltiades is said to have opposed the tyrant Pisistratus, though it cannot be overlooked that Pisistratus may have been rewarding Miltiades as a friend when he organised Miltiades to leave Athens around 550 B.C. to found a colony in the Thracian Chersonese (now the Gallipoli Peninsula). The colony was semi-independent of Athens and was ruled by Miltiades until his death around 524 B.C. He died childless, leaving his lands to Stesagoras, the son of his half-brother (from his mothers side) Kimon the Elder.

Before his death he fortified the peninsula, building a wall across it to defend against incursions by hostile native peoples.

His step-nephew, Miltiades the Younger, later became tyrant of the Thracian Chersonese. Named after his uncle, the junior Miltiades is best known for his victory over the Persians at Marathon. The Philaid dynasty was continued by his son, Kimon the Younger.


Name: Miltiades
Name in Greek: Μιλτιαδης
Name means: red earth
Father: Cypselus
Native City: Athens
Clan: Philaïd
Died: c524 B.C.
Reason of death:  



Children: None
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