Adeimantus of Corinth

Adeimantus of Corinth (/ˈædˌmæntəs/; Greek: Ἀδείμαντος), son of Ocytus (Ὠκύτος), was the Corinthian commander during the invasion of Greece by Xerxes.[1] Before the Battle of Artemisium (480 BC) he threatened to sail away. He opposed Themistocles with great insolence in the council which the commanders held before the Battle of Salamis (also 480 BC). Herodotus quotes the following dialogue:[2][3]

Adeimantus of Corinth
Native name
Battles/warsBattle of Artemisium

You, who no longer have a country to defend, are not entitled to a vote :The Athenians still possess a country, our ships are our country and our city :Themistocles, those who rise up at the Games before their turn are whipped :May be," answered Themistocles, "but those who never rise at all never win. Strike, but hear me!

According to Suda, when Adeimantus called Themistocles a city-less man, the Themistocles responded: "Who is city-less, when he has 200 triremes?"[4]

According to the Athenians he took to flight at the very commencement of the battle, but this was denied by the Corinthians and the other Greeks.[5][6]

Adeimantus' son Aristeus was the Corinthian commander at the Battle of Potidaea in 432 BC.[7]


  1. ^ Smith, William (1867), "Adeimantus (1)", in Smith, William (ed.), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, MA, pp. 18–19
  2. ^ A history of Greece: from the earliest times to the Roman conquest By Sir William Smith ISBN 0-554-30786-3
  3. ^ The subverting vision of Bulwer Lytton: bicentenary reflections By Allan Conrad Christensen Page 142 ISBN 0-87413-856-6
  4. ^ Suda, § al.453
  5. ^ Herodotus, Histories viii. 5, 56, 61, 94
  6. ^ Plutarch, Themistocles 11
  7. ^ Clough, Arthur Hugh (1867), "Aristeus (1)", in Smith, William (ed.), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, MA, p. 297