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by Sian Lewis
As well as introducing the reader to individual Greek tyrants, Greek Tyranny situates the phenomenon of tyranny within Mediterranean society as a whole, rather than treating it as an isolated episode. The title ‘tyrant’ became gradually less acceptable in Greek politics and the book aims to trace the changing attitudes of the Greeks towards autocratic rule, and the place t ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Liverpool University Press
(first published 2009)
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The book is useful; it introduces the idea that tyranny in antiquity was a permanent solution and not a transitory phase to other, more citizen-inclusive regimes. The first two chapters are the most enlighting ones as the author is in search of an all-encompassing definition of the tyranny. The variety of paradigms of tyrants that is presented through the pages of this book, shows that though tyrants manifested themselves in many ways, they were all polis based and dependant on their little ...more