Fame, Money, and Power
The Rise of Peisistratos and "Democratic" Tyranny at Athens
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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This book is the result of several years’ study of Peisistratid tyranny at Athens. It was prompted not by an interest in tyranny as much as by a desire to know more about the genesis of Athenian democracy. In a short time, it became clear that ﬁfth-century controversies about the tyranny had warped the history of the period, distorting its record by revision, ...
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This book and its author owe much to many ﬁne people. First of all I thank Dr.John Camp and Dr.Steven Diamant for their generous help at a very early stage of things and Ms.Margaret Beck for very kindly sharing with me her excellent, still unpublished study of the topography of Brauron/Philaïdai. Use of that impressive study was invaluable. ...
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Peisistratos, the son of Hippokrates, and his sons dominated affairs at Athens from 546 to 510 B.C.E., a period that was obviously a crucial one in Athens’ development. Yet we know almost nothing about these important years. Most of what we have about the Peisistratids clusters at the beginning of Peisistratos’ tyrannies and at the end of Hippias’ rule. This could ...
II. The Path to Fame: The Early Life and Career of Peisistratos
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Peisistratos was born ca. 600 B.C.E. His home was Philaïdai (ﬁgs. 2 and 3), very near the coast of eastern Attika at Brauron (ﬁg.1). Presumably, he grew to adulthood in that region, training for war there from boyhood. Unlike most, however, Peisistratos became especially adept at warfare, debuting in Athenian history as strategos in the latest stages of the war with Megara. ...
III. Money, Persuasion, and Alliance: The Early Tyrannies of Peisistratos
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Sometime after Nisaia, when Peisistratos had become renowned and popular among the Athenians for his effective leadership and successes in the Megarian war, he ﬁxed his sights ﬁrmly on the tyranny. This will most likely have occurred between ca. 568–563 B.C.E., the range of dates probable for the campaign leading to Nisaia, and 561–60 B.C.E., the year of ...
IV. The Tide of Wealth and Power: Peisistratos' Exile, Return, and "Rooting" of the Tyranny
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Herodotos’ very compressed sequencing of events in this passage is misleading. He makes it seem as if Peisistratos’ immediate recourse in the face of his ouster from the tyranny was to Eretria and that he did not move on from there but remained and took contributions from allies. Not only do we not hear of any stops before Eretria, we get no idea how the Etretrians ...
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Nisaia was the pivotal moment in Peisistratos’ early career; Pallene established the tyranny for several decades. Success in the Megarian war earned Peisistratos popularity ﬁrst among the ﬁghters in the ﬁeld and then more generally among the Athenians. A slight index of the potency of the victory and what it produced for Peisistratos is the fact that the memory of ...
Appendix B. The Environment of Eastern Attika in the Sixth Century B.C.E.
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Appendix G. Peisistratos and the Purification of Delos: Actions and Intentions
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Appendix H. Sophokles and Herodotos on the Foundations of Tyranny: Oedipous Tyrannos 540–42
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Page Count: 384
Illustrations: 10 B&W photographs, 1 map
Publication Year: 2005