Ancient Tyranny by Sian Lewis

By Sian Lewis

Tyrants are greater than simply the antithesis of democracy or the mark of political failure: they come up in line with social and political pressures. accumulating jointly writings by means of prime historians, political theorists, and philosophers, this ebook is a comparative examine of the autocratic rulers and dynasties of classical Greece and Rome and the altering options of tyranny of their political proposal and culture.

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See Smith, chapter 4 in this volume, for these and other examples. Kingship and tyranny in archaic Rome 31 28. See Dunkle 1967. On the concept of libertas, see Brunt 1988; Wirszubski 1950. The libido connected with the name of Tarquin belongs to Superbus’ son, Sextus, the rapist of Lucretia – perhaps himself a tyrant (see below). 29. Cf. for example Andrewes 1956: 7; White 1955: 8–9; Béranger 1935. 30. Ure 1922: 8. 31. 5). A. htm may be right to point out the parallel (‘rip-off’) with the story of the ostracism of Hipparchus son of Charmus (Ath.

5. g. Leifer 1931: 90. That the patriciate existed under the monarchy is also denied by Magdelain 1964, who argues that the patriciate was formed c. 509–433 by the gentes, who provided chief magistrates. Cf. Last 1945; Momigliano 1967. Cornell 1995: 251–2 believes that the patriciate existed in some form in the regal period. 6. The interregnum was supposedly restored in 509 bc, when Brutus appointed Sp. 5). 7. 1 is concerned to offer a rationalising explanation as to why the patres chose as king a neutral candidate from outside their own number.

35 Although anti-monarchical feeling is primarily an aristocratic construct, and one to which undue emphasis has been given, to some extent it probably did have a bearing on the tradition. 36 I would argue that these distortions are limited, and on the whole easily identifiable. Antipathy towards monarchy (or tyranny) seems to have affected the tradition on the famous examples of adfectatio regni (which supposedly threatened aristocratic libertas) more than it affected the tradition on the regal period.

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