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By Sian Lewis

Tyrants are greater than simply the antithesis of democracy or the mark of political failure: they come up according to social and political pressures. amassing jointly writings via prime historians, political theorists, and philosophers, this booklet is a comparative research of the autocratic rulers and dynasties of classical Greece and Rome and the altering options of tyranny of their political notion and culture.

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Of course, that could be because of Virgil’s relationship to the new monarch, Augustus. ; Murray 1964–5; Venturini 1988: 466. 36. On kingship in the Roman tradition, see Classen 1965; Giua 1967; Bellen 1991; Grimal 1986. 37. Erskine 1991: 120. 38. A further response is the separation of the religious and politico-military authority of the ruler, which can be dated to the sixth century bc; for further discussion and bibliography, see Glinister 1995: Pt 2, ch. 1, and cf. Cornell 1995: 232–6. 39. TLE2 874–6; CIE 6314–16.

Plutarch records that when Attalus Philometer of Pergamum died in 133 bc, naming the Roman people as his heir, Tiberius Gracchus offended the senate by proposing that the king’s money should be distributed among the citizens who received public land; it was claimed there that Eudemus of Pergamum had given Gracchus a diadem and purple robe, ‘believing that he was going to be king in Rome’ (Ti. 1–2). The common theme of all these cases is a presumed attempt at obtaining the kingship via the ‘purchase’ of popular support.

Erskine 1991: 120. 33. Ure 1922, passim. Cf. White 1955: 10–11. 34. 9). 35. Of course, that could be because of Virgil’s relationship to the new monarch, Augustus. ; Murray 1964–5; Venturini 1988: 466. 36. On kingship in the Roman tradition, see Classen 1965; Giua 1967; Bellen 1991; Grimal 1986. 37. Erskine 1991: 120. 38. A further response is the separation of the religious and politico-military authority of the ruler, which can be dated to the sixth century bc; for further discussion and bibliography, see Glinister 1995: Pt 2, ch.

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