Charmides was an Athenian statesman
and one of the Thirty Tyrants who
ruled Athens following its defeat in the Peloponnesian War.
, Charmides appears in the Platonic
dialogue bearing his name, as well as in Xenophon
. He was killed in 403 BC when the
democrats returned to Athens.
This Charmides was not the same man as the father of the great
Athenian sculptor Phidias
, also named
Charmides. Of this second man nothing is known, except that he
lived two generations before the Platonic Charmides.