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Greek Tyranny

Sian Lewis


The tyrants of Greece are some of the most colourful figures in antiquity, notorious for their luxury, excess and violence, and provoking heated debates among political thinkers. This book examines the phenomenon of autocratic rule outside the law in archaic and classical Greece, offering a new interpretation of the nature of tyranny. The development of tyrannical government is examined in theory and in practice, embracing lesser-known rulers such as the tagoi of Thessaly and the Hecatomnids of Halicarnassus, as well as canonical figures like the Pisistratid rulers of Athens and the Dionysii a ... More

Keywords: tyrants of Greece, antiquity, luxury, excess, violence, autocratic rule, classical Greece, tyrannical government, tagoi of Thessaly, Hecatomnids of Halicarnassus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781904675532
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675532.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sian Lewis, author
University of St Andrews