Excerpted from an online Wikipedia article, "Ostracism," accessed April 4, 2008.
A Wikipedia article on ostracism in ancient Athens includes a photo image of three potsherds inscribed with the names of citizens who, at one time, were selected for ostracism by some of their peers. The article reads, in part:
The person nominated had ten days to leave the country — if he attempted to return, the penalty was death. Notably, the property of the man banished was not confiscated and there was no loss of status. After the ten years he was allowed to return without stigma.
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