Do you know the origin of the term ostracism?

You’ve probably heard of the word ostracism. Lately, it has become very common in the media, referring to celebrities who are falling into public oblivion. But do you know the origin of this term? If not, you will learn now.

The Ostrakon is a piece of pottery where the name of the ostracism condemned was written. Here: Pericles 

στρακισμός (ostrakismós)

The ostracism was an existing punishment in ancient Athens and generally applied to public people, especially politicians. Those who suffered this sanction were sentenced to exile for a period of 10 years.

The punishment generally applied to those people who were guilty of violating public freedom. The procedure was voted in a session in the Agora. If the punishment of exile decides, the name of the “condemned” is written on a piece of pottery from a broken vase called Ostrakon.

Ostrakon, ὄστρακον : pieces of broken pottery as voting tokens bearing the names of Cimon and AristidesAncient Agora Museum in Athens.

This punishment was conceived by the Greek politician Clisthenes, considered the father of democracy, and was first applied in 488 B.C.E.

It is Ancient Greece that continues to influence our lives, and many centuries later.

Source: Grécia para Brasileiros

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