Herodotus VI: 126


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Greek

μετὰ δὲ γενεῇ δευτέρῃ ὕστερον Κλεισθένης αὐτὴν ὁ Σικυώνιος τύραννος ἐξήειρε, ὥστε πολλῷ ὀνομαστοτέρην γενέσθαι ἐν τοῖσι Ἕλλησι ἢ πρότερον ἦν. Κλεισθένεϊ γὰρ τῷ Ἀριστωνύμου τοῦ Μύρωνος τοῦ Ἀνδρέω γίνεται θυγάτηρ τῇ οὔνομα ἦν Ἀγαρίστη. ταύτην ἠθέλησε, Ἑλλήνων ἁπάντων ἐξευρὼν τὸν ἄριστον, τούτῳ γυναῖκα προσθεῖναι. [2] Ὀλυμπίων ὦν ἐόντων καὶ νικῶν ἐν αὐτοῖσι τεθρίππῳ ὁ Κλεισθένης κήρυγμα ἐποιήσατο, ὅστις Ἑλλήνων ἑωυτὸν ἀξιοῖ Κλεισθένεος γαμβρὸν γενέσθαι, ἥκειν ἐς ἑξηκοστὴν ἡμέρην ἢ καὶ πρότερον ἐς Σικυῶνα, ὡς κυρώσοντος Κλεισθένεος τὸν γάμον ἐν ἐνιαυτῷ, ἀπὸ τῆς ἑξηκοστῆς ἀρξαμένου ἡμέρης. [3] ἐνθαῦτα Ἑλλήνων ὅσοι σφίσι τε αὐτοῖσι ἦσαν καὶ πάτρῃ ἐξωγκωμένοι, ἐφοίτεον μνηστῆρες: τοῖσι Κλεισθένης καὶ δρόμον καὶ παλαίστρην ποιησάμενος ἐπ᾽ αὐτῷ τούτῳ εἶχε.

Translation

In the second generation after this, Cleisthenes1 the tyrant of Sicyon enhanced that house still higher, so that it grew much more famous among the Greeks than it had formerly been. Cleisthenes son of Aristonymus son of Myron son of Andreas had a daughter, whose name was Agariste. He desired to find the best man of the Greeks and to marry this girl to this man. (2) So, as the Olympian games were on, and he was the victor there in the four-horse chariot race, Cleisthenes had a proclamation made that whoever of the Greeks thought himself worthy to be his son-in-law should come on the sixtieth day or even earlier to Sicyon, and Cleisthenes would confirm the marriage within a year, starting from that sixtieth day. (3) Then as many of the Greeks who were proud of themselves and their country came as suitors, and Cleisthenes had a running track and wrestling ground made for them and reserved them for this very purpose.