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Ostraka (fragments of pottery) were used as the
means of registering votes in various parts of Greece. At Athens, in the
fifth century BC, they were used to vote in favour of the banishment of
powerful individuals whose presence was thought to threaten the stability
of the city. If ‘ostracised’, the individual was required
to stay away from the city, usually for a period of ten years.
For the publication and study of ostraka from the Athenian Agora, see M. L. Lang, The Athenian Agora. Results of the Excavations conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. XXV. The Ostraka (Princeton, N.J., 1990); includes line drawings and photographs. On ostracism, see Oxford Classical Dictionary (3rd. edn., ed. S. Hornblower and T. Spawforth) 1083.
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