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Stuttard's "lives" begin in the Archaic period with the Athenian tyrant Peisistratus and end in the Hellenistic period with the historiographer Polybius.
Peisistratus, a Greek tyrant, was overthrown "from office in Athens and exiled to northern Greece," (12) and "Scottish monarchs in the Middle Ages were often exiled to France.
43) Brian Lavelle (1989) has reasonably conjectured that she was the daughter of Peisistratus and an Eretrian noblewoman also named Coisyra (an Eretrian name); her daughter was probably Agariste, mother of Pericles.
It is datable to the sixth century BC: to the same period and place to which scholars assign the earliest known written edition of the Homeric texts prepared on the orders of the Athenian tyrant Peisistratus.
Helen's entrance into the great hall where Menelaus is entertaining his visitors, Telemachus and Peisistratus, is, like Odysseus' lie to the Shepherd, something one might understandably pass over.
Aelian makes this explicit: if a king bee ever leaves his post, his subjects bring him back, while tyrants such as Peisistratus or Dionysius are driven away for breaking the laws and not showing the techne (art) of kingship.
While it is not correct to say that Solon invented democracy, he certainly created the democratic institutions which formed the basic structure of Athenian society and which were maintained intact despite the tyranny of Peisistratus and subsequent despots.
Grecian History to the Begin of Peisistratus of Athens, Murray, London, 1851, pp.
Such issues are shown to be at play in the Hellenistic accounts regarding the retextualization of the Homeric poems under Peisistratus, tyrant of Athens, and the translation of the Hebrew Bible in the Greek (LXX) under Ptolemy II Philadelphus, for the two cognate traditions speak to a shared need to assuage anxieties regarding authenticity and authority in the course of textual transmission or translation.
A few years after the death of the tyrant Peisistratus in the late sixth century BC, one of his sons was slain by two aristocrats called Harmodius and Aristogiton.
Indeed, Thucydides seeks to provide a political and moral education for his readers--a positive and negative education in wise and humane statesmanship--as is revealed, for example, by his explicit judgments of such leaders as Archidamus, Themistocles, Pericles, Cleon, Brasidas, Peisistratus, Hermocrates, Nicias, and Antiphon.
Two centuries earlier, during the reigns of Peisistratus and Hipparchus (middle and second half of the sixth century), an official recension of the Homeric poems had been established for public recitations at the Panathenaic festival.
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