1st Edition

Dionysius I of Syracuse and Greek Tyranny (Routledge Revivals)

ISBN 9780415740296
Published May 13, 2015 by Routledge
189 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

Professor Sanders’ full-length study of Dionysius I, one of the most powerful figures of fourth-century BC Greece, is the first to appear in English, and marks an important reassessment of the ‘tyrant’ of Syracuse.

Dionysius I regularly appears in the surviving historical accounts as a tyrant in the worst – modern – sense of the word: cruelty, intransigence, arrogance are all part of this stereotype. Yet here is a ruler who, according to the ancient testimony, was deeply concerned with the establishment of a just regime and to whom Plato turned to found the ideal Republic. The hostile picture of Dionysius that has come down to us is basically Athenian, Sanders argues, deriving from political circles engaged in propaganda aimed at tarnishing the tyrant’s reputation.

Dionysius I of Syracuse and Greek Tyranny will be of interest to those engaged with the history, historiography and political practice of the ancient world.

Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; 1. The Origins of the Hostile Tradition 2. The Pre-Diodorus Historiographical Tradition 3. Diodorus and Dionysius; Conclusion; Select Bibliography; Index Nominum et Locorum

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