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Sicily 412 BC: the infinite duel between a man and a superpower begins. The man is Dionysius, who has just made himself Tyrant of Syracuse. The superpower Carthage, mercantile megalopolis and mistress of the seas.

Over the next eight years, Dionysius' brutal military conquests will strike down countless enemies and many friends to make Syracuse the most powerful Greek city...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published October 30th 2005 by Pan Publishing (first published 2003)
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Sanity Assasin
Sep 04, 2008 Sanity Assasin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in history
hmm. no ones really wrote alot about this. just given it a rating. i thought it was a pretty enjoyable historical work of fiction. some of the historical people/characters were really interesting. i enjoyed reading more about dionysius's brother leptines and his friend philistus than the "tyrant" himself. maybe one day i will pick up another manfredi book. i liked it. he writes interesting and very often captivating historical fiction
A great historical novel. This is a very vivid story about the greeks who were living in Sicily (do not remember the exact year, but it is definitely BC time). At the time, Carthage was their biggest enemy and they made several incursions over different cities. Dionisio, a very dedicated soldier, became increasingly frustrated about the way that the democratically-elected officials were handling the situation. Therefore, he decided to take over the government, so he could efficiently fight the t...more
John Betts
I chose the audiobook version read by Sir Derek Jacobi because it fit better with my hectic schedule. The story itself was enjoyable, though a little tedious in some areas. However, besides the superb narration by Jacobi what I found most enjoyable was learning that this wasn't a completely fictional tale but instead based upon real historical people and real events. I hadn't heard of Dionysius I of Syracuse or his brother Leptines before. This book gave me a good introduction to the period and...more
Πάνος Τουρλής
Πραγματικά πολύ καλό, απίστευτη αναπαράσταση της εποχής, ψυχολογία των απλών και των ηρωικών ανθρώπων, βαθιά μηνύματα έπαρσης, φιλίας, προδοσίας, άριστη γνώση της εποχής και του περιβάλλοντος. Μιλάμε για δουλειά, όχι αστεία. Ίσως κουράσουν οι μάχες αλλά είναι πολύ λίγες συγκριτικά με το μέγεθος του βιβλίου. Ο Μανφρέντι είναι καταπληκτικός αφηγητής, μοναδικός ιστορικός και παρόλαυτά το έργο του μπορεί να το προσεγγίσει οποιοσδήποτε, γιατί δεν διδάσκει (κατηχεί) αλλά αφηγείται. Και τα νοήματα είνα...more
David Sarkies
This is a story about the rise and fall of Dionysius of Syracuse, a tyrant who unified the island of Sicily under Greek rule and then pushed the Carthaginians back to North Africa. While I have heard of him I don't for the life of me know of the ancient sources for this guy, and nobody that I have spoken to know either (not that I have spoken to everybody that I know that could know about this).
While the book was entertaining, once again it was an historical novel, and though it was based on a...more
I read this over a year ago, so my opinion is based on vague memories. So please do not read too much into this.

My overall impression of this was the obvious fact that it was translated. It wasn't that it was a bad translation, you could just tell that it wasn't written by a native English speaker. As I said, it wasn't badly translated, just off enough to put me off balance and thus ruin my reading of the book.

Apart from that, what I remember was actually a good tale. For once the protagonis...more
Alexandros Kyriakou
"This book is to be commended in the sense that it's one of the very few novels based in classical Sicily, and it therefore provides an introduction to a period that most people are unlikely to know. From that angle, I am glad to have read it.

However, Manfredi is so keen to counteract the traditional negative portrayal of Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, that he ends up with a character who is implausibly perfect. We are given an insight into Dionysius' personality, with the invention of a belove...more
Yvan Argeadi
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Questa è a grandi linee la trama de Il Tiranno di Valerio Massimo Manfredi, archeologo e scrittore di fama internazionale di cui ho già ampiamente parlato in questa sezione del blog.
Il libro risulta scritto con un linguaggio raffinato ma al contempo scorrevole. Manfredi è stato capace di infondre nel protagonista un carisma davvero notevole ( seppur non all'altezza di quello di altri eroi storici da lui raccontati ), e di trattare temi di polit...more
This book is to be commended in the sense that it's one of the very few novels based in classical Sicily, and it therefore provides an introduction to a period that most people are unlikely to know. From that angle, I am glad to have read it. However, Manfredi is so keen to counteract the traditional negative portrayal of Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, that he ends up with a character who is implausibly perfect. We are given an insight into Dionysius' personality, with the invention of a beloved...more
How do you rebrand a character that history has dismissed as a one-dimensional cruel warmongerer? There are many answers to that. Unfortunately one of them is "make him a one-dimensional Machiavelli."

Which is what we get, along with a cast of equally flat character. Every soldier is bold and chisled. Every old man is wise beyond his years. Every politician is a self-serving coward. Every invading horde is more bloodthirsty and savage than the last (at least Hannibal seems to be acting out of fam...more
una fazza, una razza.. I've heard that often enough and finally I had a book about the Greek colonies in Sicily. I loved to know how life was for them and how they followed the political struggles of mainland Greece and all the Greek territories. Sadly though Manfredi is obviously a big fan of tactics, manoeuvers and battle strategies. I like that, too, but not for so many times in a row. I do understand that the struggle between the Greeks and the "barbarians" had to be told with all the battle...more
Linda Humberstone
For me this was not as good as Spartan and I felt I was plodding on just to get it finished. The small amount of historical content that one could glean from it was interesting but not enough.
-No es lo mismo un tirano que un dictador, y en aquellos tiempos todavía menos.-

Género. Novela histórica.

Lo que nos cuenta. En el siglo IV antes de Cristo, un callado y misterioso personaje que dice ganarse la vida enseñando recuerda, tras una pelea tabernaria, el pasado de Dionisio de Siracusa, un hombre que hizo todo lo necesario para conseguir expulsar a los cartagineses de la isla que ahora es Sicilia, llegar al poder y expandir los límites de sus dominios.

¿Quiere saber más de este libro, s...more
Alessandro Timo
Accanto alla Trilogia di Alexandros, il libro più riuscito dell'autore secondo me.
Φοβερά ρεαλιστικό, ξυπνάει συναισθήματα & έννοιες μέσα μας θαμένες. Τόσο ζωντανή, τόσο παραστατική απεικόνιση των γεγονότων που ένιωσα θεατής στα 10 μέτρα κι όχι απλός αναγνώστης. Καθαρά αντρικό βιβλίο με την συγκίνηση που αποπνέει αντρική επίσης. Για όσους ξέρουν τον Μανφρέντι από άλλα του βιβλία, θα βρουν κι εδώ επίσης την υψηλή ποιότητα που τον διακρίνει. Απολαύστε τον, συμπληρώνοντας την ιστορία που δεν μάθατε στο σχολείο.
Andrea Cattaneo
Lento, pesante, inutilmente truculento e sfiancante. Questo romanzo resta in bilico tra fiction e storia, in definitiva delude parecchio. Abbuono una stellina a Manfredi perché, agli incontri col pubblico, terrorizza sempre a morte i bambini che gli chiedono se Alessandro Magno sapeva volare.
Cristián A. Gaymer
Manfredi es un muy buen escritor de historia novelada. Sus libros son (en general) entretenidos, con mucha información histórica y con tramas de amor-aventura-drama que siempre enganchan al lector.
Su trilogía de Alejandro Magno es mejor, pero éste se queda por poco atrás.
This one made me want to read more from Manfredi. "The measure of a man is what he does with power" - Plato. That quote fits this book perfectly and that's what it shows exactly. Oh my goodness, the battles, the strategy... everything. I loved this book.
Angel Serrano
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Puedo contar con los dedos de una mano los libros que he dejado en una esquina sin terminar; éste es uno de ellos. Facilón, mal escrito, mal ambientado... Supongo que la palabra clave es "malo".
Una novela historica sobre el mundo grigo en el mediterraneo. Una forma de ver porque grecia nunca llego a ser un imperio como el romano, a exepción de la epoca de Alejandro.
Ashish Jaituni
A good book. Very long though! I got tired reading it. I can understand Valerio's hard task of writing a story on this historical Character. He has written a good story.
Now that Manfredi is churnng out book after book it feels like the plots are forulaic and by the numbers. I didn't really enjoy this effort.
I found the style of this quite hard at times. Great detail. Lots of history involved. I'd never heard of Dionysuis before this book!
Not as gripping a narrative as the Alexander series but the author has lived up to the delivery of historic tale beautifully yet again.
Non l'ho neanche finito di leggere. Trovo che non accadessero molti eventi e soprattutto fosse tutto troppo tirato per le lunghe
Chris Morton
Not usually my sort of thing but it was so well written I couldn't put it down. If you like history you'll love this.
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Dragged on a bit in parts but will try another by this author.
Gianfranco Di Campli
Apprezzabile descrizione della potenza della terra della Sicilia
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