Historical Figure
Nationality: Athens
Date of Birth: 6th century
Date of Death: 514 BCE
Cause of Death: Stabbed to death
Occupation: Nobleman, Politician
Parents: Peisistratos
Political Office(s):
Turtledove Appearances:
"Counting Potsherds"
POD: 483 BCE;
Relevant POD: 480 BCE
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Hipparkhos (or Hipparchus) (d. 514 BCE) was a member of the Athenian ruling class, and a son of the late tyrant Peisistratos. Hipparkhos was assassinated by Harmodios and Aristogeiton after a series of tit-for-tat insults between the former and Hipparkhos. While the two had sought to overthrow the tyranny of Hipparkhos's brother, Hippias, they were ultimately unsuccessful. However, after Hippias was overthrown a few years later, Harmodios and Aristogeiton came to be viewed as martyrs to democracy, and Hipparkhos was placed in the role of "tyrant".

Hipparkhos in "Counting Potsherds"Edit

During his journey to Athens, the Persian eunuch Mithredath was shown a base where a statue once stood. On the base was the writing "Harmodios and Aristogeiton, those who slew the tyrant Hipparkhos." When his guide, Polydoros explained what a tyrant was, Mithredath found the idea of a statue in a marketplace to celebrate the killers of a city ruler to be madness.[1]


  1. See, e.g., Departures, pg. 18-19.
Political offices
Preceded by
Tyrant of Athens
528-514 BC (with Hippias)
Succeeded by