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By Sian Lewis

Tyrants are greater than simply the antithesis of democracy or the mark of political failure: they come up in keeping with social and political pressures. amassing jointly writings via prime historians, political theorists, and philosophers, this ebook is a comparative research of the autocratic rulers and dynasties of classical Greece and Rome and the altering thoughts of tyranny of their political inspiration and culture.

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Ancient Tyranny

Tyrants are greater than simply the antithesis of democracy or the mark of political failure: they come up in line with social and political pressures. accumulating jointly writings through best historians, political theorists, and philosophers, this ebook is a comparative examine of the autocratic rulers and dynasties of classical Greece and Rome and the altering thoughts of tyranny of their political suggestion and tradition.

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Under their successive rules, Syracuse grew to be one of the largest Greek cities in the Mediterranean, absorbing parts of the populations of Gela, Camarina, Euboea, Leontini and Megara Hyblaea, as well as 10,000 resettled mercenaries. Gelon’s successor and brother, Hieron, had transferred the populations of Naxos and Catana to Leontini. 3 Diodorus writes that after the fall of the Deinomenids the Greek city-states regained their autonomy and instituted democratic regimes. 4–6). 1 Map of ancient Sicily at Aetna, one of the few groups that had remained loyal to Polyzelus.

Rather, Ducetius was a player in a landscape composed of a series of polities bristling with territorial tensions. He could march against Syracuse and not be making a statement about opposition to Greekness; he could be on comfortable terms with Syracusans and Corinthians without being a Hellenised ‘sell-out’. I am not downplaying the frequent violence involved in Greek colonisation and expansion; undoubtedly many Sicels met extremely unpleasant ends, yet their fates were not necessarily worse than those met by Greeks under both the tyrants and the subsequent democracies.

Rep. 3). The procedure also operates for the elections of Tullus Hostilius (Cic. Rep. 1–3) and Ancus Marcius (Cic. Rep. 1). It is often assumed that Tarquinius Priscus, as the first monarch of the so-called ‘Etruscan’ dynasty, comes to power in a manner at odds with this established practice. 1), while an interregnum is also implied by Cicero (Rep. 35) in the earliest surviving continuous account of the Roman monarchy. 2), and once in power, he enrols his own supporters in the senate. Apparently, then, he bases his power on popular rather than aristocratic support.

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