petalism definition

  • noun:
    • A form of phrase on the list of ancient Syracusans by which they banished for 5 years a citizen suspected of experiencing dangerous influence or ambition. It had been much like the ostracism in Athens; but olive leaves were utilized in place of shells for ballots.
    • In old Syracuse, a mode of banishing people whoever influence felt dangerous, modeled in the ostracism at Athens, from where it differed in small except the voter had written the name of the individual he suitable for banishment on an olive-leaf rather than on a tablet of earthenware, which the reported period of banishment had been 5 years, rather than ten as at Athens.

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