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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 individuals. If ‘ostracised’, the individual was usually banished for a period of ten years.

For more on ostracism, see notes under O3 Ostracism sherd - Aristeides.

This ostracism sherd, from the Ancient Agora or Athens, bears the name of Themistocles, who was exiled in 470 BC.
Athens, Museum of the Ancient Agora


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