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 accordance with social and political pressures. amassing jointly writings via best historians, political theorists, and philosophers, this publication is a comparative learn of the autocratic rulers and dynasties of classical Greece and Rome and the altering strategies of tyranny of their political idea and culture.

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1: monumentum regni sui nominisque relinqueret). 33 It is surely no coincidence that early Rome’s development into a polis-type community reached a peak during Superbus’ reign. Some scholars attribute this feature of the tradition to annalistic invention on the basis of Greek models, but the archaeological record strongly supports the idea that Rome in the late sixth century was developing in this way. Later annalists did not invent all this. 26 Ancient Tyranny The fall of the monarchy, whether we interpret it as a revolution or as a palace coup, is entirely an aristocratic movement, stemming from the fears and ambitions of the nobility.

But, says Cicero: He did not put himself in the senate’s power (non commisit se patribus), but, after Tarquin’s burial, consulted the people with regard to his own power, and when they had bidden him to be king, Kingship and tyranny in archaic Rome 21 caused a curiate law to be passed confirming his royal authority (se ipse consuluit iussusque regnare). 38) So here, as a result of Servius’ demagogic measures, popular support helps him retain power in the face of a hostile Senate. 1). 1). He is a fondly remembered ruler, but an improperly elected king.

2). 1: monumentum regni sui nominisque relinqueret). 33 It is surely no coincidence that early Rome’s development into a polis-type community reached a peak during Superbus’ reign. Some scholars attribute this feature of the tradition to annalistic invention on the basis of Greek models, but the archaeological record strongly supports the idea that Rome in the late sixth century was developing in this way. Later annalists did not invent all this. 26 Ancient Tyranny The fall of the monarchy, whether we interpret it as a revolution or as a palace coup, is entirely an aristocratic movement, stemming from the fears and ambitions of the nobility.

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