Greek Tyranny by Sian LewisGreek Tyranny by Sian Lewis

Greek Tyranny

bySian Lewis

Paperback | September 15, 2009

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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. Greek Tyranny examines the phenomenon of autocratic rule outside the law in archaic and classical Greece, offeringa 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 theDionysii at Syracuse. The book considers the different forms which sole rulership took - the violent usurper, the appointed magistrate, the general and the Hellenistic king - and the responses which tyranny evoked, both from the citizens of the polis and from intellectuals such as Plato and Aristotle. Lewis replaces thelongstanding theory of an"'age of tyranny" in Greece with powerful new arguments, suggesting tyranny was a positive choice for many Greek states.
Sian Lewis is a Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. Other books by Sian Lewis include The Athenian Woman: an iconographic handbook (2002; shortlisted for the Runciman Prize 2003) and the edited volume Ancient Tyranny (2006).
Title:Greek TyrannyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 5.39 × 8.39 × 0.51 inPublished:September 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1904675271

ISBN - 13:9781904675273

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Table of Contents

Map of the Greek world
1.   Archaic tyrants
2.   The end of tyranny?
3.   Tyranny remade?
4.   Philosophers and tyrants
5.   Tyrants and kings
Further reading