This chapter first considers tyranny from the citizen's point of view. It addresses the following questions: Did the people of an ancient city simply wake up one day to find a tyrant occupying the Acropolis and their freedom gone? Did they vote in a tyrant, either because they were naïve or because they were under military pressure to do so, and then spend the rest of their lives chafing under the despotic yoke? Did they resent the idea of life led under tyranny and yearn to be free? The chapter also reflects on the ways in which tyrants were expelled from power, and concludes with some remarks about the place of tyranny within Greek politics.
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