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Death to Tyrants! – Ancient Greek Democracy and the Struggle against Tyranny - Princeton Scholarship Online
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Death to Tyrants!: Ancient Greek Democracy and the Struggle against Tyranny

David A. Teegarden


This is the first comprehensive study of ancient Greek tyrant-killing legislation—laws that explicitly gave individuals incentives to “kill a tyrant.” The book demonstrates that the ancient Greeks promulgated these laws to harness the dynamics of mass uprisings and preserve popular democratic rule in the face of anti-democratic threats. It presents detailed historical and sociopolitical analyses of each law and considers a variety of issues: What is the nature of an anti-democratic threat? How would various provisions of the laws help pro-democrats counter those threats? And did the laws work? ... More

Keywords: ancient Greeks, tyrant-killing legislation, mass uprising, democratic rule, anti-democracy, public law, ancient Greece, tyrant-killing law, Eretria, Ilion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691156903
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691156903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Teegarden, author
Millard Fillmore Academic Center

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