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Sicily from Aeneas to AugustusNew Approaches in Archaeology and History$
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Christopher J. Smith and John Serrati

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780748613670

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613670.001.0001

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The Tyrant’s Myth

The Tyrant’s Myth

Chapter:
(p.97) 8 The Tyrant’s Myth
Source:
Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus
Author(s):

Lewis Sian

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613670.003.0008

Sicily has always offered an excellent arena for an examination of tyranny, especially in the fourth century. The tradition of Sicilian tyranny was strong, beginning in the seventh century with figures such as Phalaris of Agrigentum, and continuing into the fifth with Anaxilas of Rhegium and the Deinomenids at Syracuse. In the fourth century, in common with many other areas, Sicily saw the emergence of new and powerful autocratic rulers, Dionysius the Elder and his successor Dionysius II at the beginning of the century, and Agathocles at its close. The prevalence of tyranny in the fourth century, in places across the Greek world, from Sicyon and Pherai to Heracleia and Halicarnassos, is often presented either as a peripheral phenomenon, unrelated to the development of the ‘major’ poleis. There is also a tendency to underestimate the sophistication of tyrannies in this period, in terms of both how tyrants presented themselves and what they achieved.

Keywords:   Sicily, tyranny, Phalaris, Anaxilas, Deinomenids, Dionysius the Elder, Dionysius II, Agathocles, poleis

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