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Sian Lewis

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675532

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675532.001.0001

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Tyranny Remade?

Tyranny Remade?

(p.58) Chapter 3 Tyranny Remade?
Greek Tyranny

Sian Lewis

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines some of the most famous tyrannies in the years between 410 and 320 bc. It describes three rulers representing different facets of autocratic power: the usurper (Dionysius of Syracuse), the mercenary leader (Jason of Pherae), and the satrap (Mausolus of Halicarnassus). The chapter then considers the debate between contemporary historians over whether the term ‘tyrants’ applies to certain leaders, using the case of Euphron, a tyrant in Sicyon between 368 and 366 bc.

Keywords:   Greek tyrants, Greek history, tyrannies, Dionysius, Jason of Pherae, Mausolus of Halicarnassus, Europhron

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