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Diogenes Laertius, Lives Of The Philosophers, 1.53


nanI am not the only man who has aimed at a tyranny in Greece, nor am I, a descendant of Codrus, unfitted for the part. That is, I resume the privileges which the Athenians swore to confer upon Codrus and his family, although later they took them away. In everything else I commit no offence against God or man; but I leave to the Athenians the management of their affairs according to the ordinances established by you. And they are better governed than they would be under a democracy; for I allow no one to extend his rights, and though I am tyrant I arrogate to myself no undue share of reputation and honour, but merely such stated privileges as belonged to the kings in former times. Every citizen pays a tithe of his property, not to me but to a fund for defraying the cost of the public sacrifices or any other charges on the State or the expenditure on any war which may come upon us.


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1. Homer, Iliad, 1.258 (8th cent. BCE - 7th cent. BCE)

1.258. /rejoice, and the rest of the Trojans would be most glad at heart, were they to hear all this of you two quarrelling, you who are chief among the Danaans in counsel and chief in war. Listen to me, for you are both younger than I. In earlier times I moved among men more warlike than you
2. Solon, Fragments, 24.5-24.6 (7th cent. BCE - 6th cent. BCE)

3. Herodotus, Histories, 1.64, 1.64.1, 5.72.1 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

1.64. The Athenians did, and by this means Pisistratus gained Athens for the third time, rooting his sovereignty in a strong guard and revenue collected both from Athens and from the district of the river Strymon, and he took hostage the sons of the Athenians who remained and did not leave the city at once, and placed these in Naxos . ,(He had conquered Naxos too and put Lygdamis in charge.) And besides this, he purified the island of Delos as a result of oracles, and this is how he did it: he removed all the dead that were buried in ground within sight of the temple and conveyed them to another part of Delos . ,So Pisistratus was sovereign of Athens : and as for the Athenians, some had fallen in the battle, and some, with the Alcmeonids, were exiles from their native land. 1.64.1. The Athenians did, and by this means Pisistratus gained Athens for the third time, rooting his sovereignty in a strong guard and revenue collected both from Athens and from the district of the river Strymon, and he took hostage the sons of the Athenians who remained and did not leave the city at once, and placed these in Naxos .
4. Thucydides, The History of The Peloponnesian War, 1.13, 3.19, 6.54.5 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

6.54.5. Indeed, generally their government was not grievous to the multitude, or in any way odious in practice; and these tyrants cultivated wisdom and virtue as much as any, and without exacting from the Athenians more than a twentieth of their income, splendidly adorned their city, and carried on their wars, and provided sacrifices for the temples.
5. Xenophon, Constitution of The Athenians, 1.13 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

6. Aeschines, Letters, 1.23 (4th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

7. Aristotle, Athenian Constitution, 8.4, 12.3-12.4, 14.2, 16.4, 16.6, 21.3, 27.3 (4th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

8. Plutarch, Solon, 19.1-19.2 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

19.1. After he had established the council of the Areiopagus, consisting of those who had been archons year by year (and he himself was a member of this body since he had been archon), he observed that the common people were uneasy and bold in consequence of their release from debt, and therefore established another council besides, consisting of four hundred men, one hundred chosen from each of the four tribes. Cf. Aristot. Const. Ath. 8.4 . These were to deliberate on public matters before the people did, and were not to allow any matter to come before the popular assembly without such previous deliberation. 19.2. Then he made the upper council a general overseer in the state, and guardian of the laws, thinking that the city with its two councils, riding as it were at double anchor, would be less tossed by the surges, and would keep its populace in greater quiet. Now most writers say that the council of the Areiopagus, as I have stated, was established by Solon. And their view seems to be strongly supported by the fact that Draco nowhere makes any mention whatsoever of Areiopagites, but always addresses himself to the ephetai in cases of homicide.
9. Diogenes Laertius, Lives of The Philosophers, 1.49, 1.66 (3rd cent. CE - 3rd cent. CE)

1.66. He began by being a popular leader; his next step was to inflict wounds on himself and appear before the court of the Heliaia, crying out that these wounds had been inflicted by his enemies; and he requested them to give him a guard of 400 young men. And the people without listening to me granted him the men, who were armed with clubs. And after that he destroyed the democracy. It was in vain that I sought to free the poor amongst the Athenians from their condition of serfdom, if now they are all the slaves of one master, Pisistratus.Solon to PisistratusI am sure that I shall suffer no harm at your hands; for before you became tyrant I was your friend, and now I have no quarrel with you beyond that of every Athenian who disapproves of tyranny. Whether it is better for them to be ruled by one man or to live under a democracy, each of us must decide for himself upon his own judgement.
10. Aeschines, Or., 1.23



Subjects of this text:

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archons Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
areopagus, council of Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64, 65
aristagoras of miletus Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
aristocracy, aristocrats, aristocratic, competition among Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
aristocracy, aristocrats, aristocratic Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64, 65
aristotle Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52
assembly, athenian (ekklesia) Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64, 65
assembly, the right to address Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
athenian constitution Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52
chios Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
cimon, compared to tyrants Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
civil strife Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
class Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64, 65
class struggle Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 82
cleisthenes Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 82; Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
cleomenes Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
commoners Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
constitution, ancestral Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
constitution Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
corpus hermeticum Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52
council, chian Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
council, of five hundred Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
council, of four hundred Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64, 65
council, spartan (gerousia) Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
council Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
cypselus of corinth Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
demes Gygax and Zuiderhoek, Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (2021) 53
demos, and elite in the archaic period Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 82
demos (damos), empowerment of Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
demos (damos), limitations placed on Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
diogenes laertius Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64, 65
egalitarianism Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
eisphora Gygax and Zuiderhoek, Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (2021) 53
elite, and competition Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 82, 98
elite, archaic Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 82
elite, display by Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 82
eros Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52
eupatrids Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
euthune Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
festivals, in the archaic period Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 82
four-hundred Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
generosity Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
great rhetra Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
hektemoroi Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
herodotus Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
hignett, charles Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
hippias Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
histiaeus of miletus Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
honours, for archaic kings Gygax and Zuiderhoek, Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (2021) 53
ideology, democratic Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
inscriptions Gygax and Zuiderhoek, Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (2021) 53
isagoras Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
land, redistribution of (isomoiria) Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
law Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
lewis, j. d. Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
liturgies, obligatory Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 82
liturgies, under tyrants Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
livestock, funds derived from Gygax and Zuiderhoek, Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (2021) 53
lycurgus (spartan lawgiver) Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64, 65
metals, revenues from Gygax and Zuiderhoek, Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (2021) 53
momigliano, arnaldo Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
moralia Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52
ober, josiah, vii–viii Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
oligarchy, oligarchs Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
pederasty Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52
peisistratus Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52; Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
philosophy Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52
pisistratidae Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 82, 98
pisistratus Gygax and Zuiderhoek, Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (2021) 53; Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
plato Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
plutarch Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
plutarchs lives, life of solon Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52
poetry Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52
politeia Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
polycrates of samos Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
probouleusis Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
ps.-aristotle, athenaion politeia Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
ps.-xenophon, athenaion politeia Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 82
public office, officials, accountability of Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64
public office, officials Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
reason Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52
reform Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
revolution Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64, 65
rich, the Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
salamis Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52
sisyphos Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52
solon' Leão and Lanzillotta, A Man of Many Interests: Plutarch on Religion, Myth, and Magic (2019) 52
solon Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64, 65
taxes, in pisitratid athens Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 82
taxes Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
their relationship with other members of the elite, wealth of Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
triêrarchiai, triêrarchoi Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 82
tyranny, tyrants Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 65
tyrants, as benefactors of the demos Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
tyrants, compared to other members of the elite Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 98
tyrants Gygax and Zuiderhoek, Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (2021) 53
zeugitai Raaflaub Ober and Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007) 64