Theogenes was an Athenian,
who, in 425 BC, was appointed together with
Cleon to repair to Pylos, and
investigate the truth of the tidings, which had been brought
thence, as to the difficulties of the blockade of Sphacteria.
Cleon, however, prudently persuaded the
people to abandon the proposed inquiry. (Thuc. iv. 27) It is
possible that this Theogenes should be identified with the person
who is mentioned by Aristophanes ( Vesp. 1183), and who, the
scholiast tells us, was an Acharnian (Arnold, ad Thuc.
I.e.). A man of the same
name is satirized also by Aristophanes (Pax, 894) for his swinish
propensities. (See also Arist. Av. 822, 1127, 1295, Lys. 63, with
was also one of the Athenian ambassadors
who set forth on their way to Darius
, in 408 BC
, under promise of a
safe conduct from Pharnabazus
satrap however detained them in custody at the instance of Cyrus,
and he could not obtain leave to release them till after the lapse
of three years. Whether this was the same Theogenes who was
appointed one of the 30 tyrants
(Xen. Hell. ii. 3. § 2) we have no
means of deciding.