Ear of Dionysius

(redirected from Dionysius' Ear)
a kind of ear trumpet with a flexible tube; - named from the Sicilian tyrant, who constructed a device to overhear the prisoners in his dungeons.

See also: Ear

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Sicily is the land both of the mafia and of ancient Greek civilization; Syracuse hosts both Dionysius' ear and one of the most perfect open-air theaters of classical antiquity, where orality is worshiped in ancient poetry; Sicily stands as an area of political intrigue and corruption, but also as the cultural home of Euclid and Archimedes.