Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World

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Edited by: Anne Wittke, Eckhart Olshausen and Richard Szydlak
This new atlas of the ancient world illustrates the political, economic, social and cultural developments in the ancient Near East, the Mediterranean world, the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic world and the Holy Roman Empire from the 3rd millennium BC until the 15th century AD.

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Tyrannis in the Archaic and Classical Periods

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Author(s): Wittke, A.-M. | Eder, W.
The maps show the (geographical) spread of the Greek tyrannis in the Archaic (map A) and Late Classical (map B) periods. This division (first made by Plass) is justified both because of the proven absence of tyrannies in the phase between the end of the earlier tyrannis (461 BC, end of Sicilian tyrannis) and the later ones (405 BC, Dionysius I of Syracuse) and because of the different political circumstances leading to their emergence. I. The Archaic tyrannis (mid 7th cent. to early 5th cent.; map A) The archaic tyrannies emerged in a phase of poorly developed statehood as a speci…