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or Pei·sis·tra·tus  (pī-sĭs′trə-təs, pĭ-) Died 527 bc.
Athenian tyrant who ruled for most of the period from 560 to 527 and is remembered for encouraging athletic contests and literary efforts.


(Biography) ?600–527 bc, tyrant of Athens: he established himself in firm control of the city following his defeat of his aristocratic rivals at Pallene (546)


or Pei•sis•tra•tus

(paɪˈsɪs trə təs, pɪ-)

c605-527 b.c., tyrant of Athens c560-527.
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Nestor's son Pisistratus at once offered his hand to each of them, and seated them on some soft sheepskins that were lying on the sands near his father and his brother Thrasymedes.
Then, when they had made their drink offerings and had drunk each as much as he was minded, the others went home to bed each in his own abode; but Nestor put Telemachus to sleep in the room that was over the gateway along with Pisistratus, who was the only unmarried son now left him.
His sons as they left their rooms gathered round him, Echephron, Stratius, Perseus, Aretus, and Thrasymedes; the sixth son was Pisistratus, and when Telemachus joined them they made him sit with them.
Then they lifted the heifer's head from off the ground, and Pisistratus cut her throat.
Then Telemachus got into the chariot, while Pisistratus gathered up the reins and took his seat beside him.
This was the case of Pisistratus at Athens, when he opposed the Pediaci: and of Theagenes in Megara, who slaughtered the cattle belonging to the rich, after he had seized those who kept them by the riverside.
At one time he is found in Corinth, and at another in Athens, endeavouring, by the narration of some of his wise fables, to reconcile the inhabitants of those cities to the administration of their respective rulers Periander and Pisistratus.
But the old statesman knows that society is fluid; there are no such roots and centres, but any particle may suddenly become the centre of the movement and compel the system to gyrate round it; as every man of strong will, like Pisistratus, or Cromwell, does for a time, and every man of truth, like Plato or Paul, does forever.
There were Cain and Nimrod, and Nero, and Caligula, and Dionysius, and Pisistratus, and - and a thousand others, who never knew what it was to have a soul during the latter part of their lives; yet, sir, these men adorned society.
Pisistratus, Nabis, and other dictators came to power in this way.
In ancient Greece, Aristotle reported that the tyrant Pisistratus, after winning the battle of Pallenis, "seized the government and disarmed the people.
And immediately the report spread throughout the demes that Athena was bringing Pisistratus back, and the citizens, believing that the woman was the goddess herself, worshipped the human and welcomed Pisistratus.