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Ancient Tyranny

Sian Lewis


Tyrants and tyranny are more than the antithesis of democracy and the mark of political failure: they are a dynamic response to social and political pressures. This book examines the autocratic rulers and dynasties of classical Greece and Rome and the changing concepts of tyranny in political thought and culture. It brings together historians, political theorists and philosophers, all offering new perspectives on the autocratic governments of the ancient world. The volume is divided into four parts. It looks at the ways in which the term ‘tyranny’ was used and understood, and the kinds of indi ... More

Keywords: tyrants, tyranny, Greece, Rome, Persia, autocratic governments, ancient world, Sparta, Mediterranean

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748621255
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621255.001.0001


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Sian Lewis, author

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