The fragments of Phanodemos’ Atthis outline a work concerned above all with antiquarian data, aimed at exalting the mythical past of Athens and only apparently uninterested in the issues of pragmatic history. However, three fragments (transmitted by Plutarch) have survived, in which there is direct reference to glorious moments in the history of th-century Athens. These passages have a common denominator: Cimon, an Aeacid hero, who by his sole presence saves the Athenians from the Persian threat. Such emphasized panhellenic role of Cimon made him a perfect predecessor of Alexander the Great, who was also of Aeacid lineage, thanks to his maternal ancestry, and highlights a possible link between Callisthenes, the greatest proponent of the reductio ad Graecos of the entire Macedonian history, and Phanodemos, writer and collaborator of Lykourgos of Boutadai.
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