• Death to Tyrants!: Ancient Greek Democracy and the Struggle Against Tyranny See large image

    Death to Tyrants!: Ancient Greek Democracy and the Struggle Against Tyranny (Hardback) By (author) David Arlo Teegarden

    $37.67 - Save $12.31 24% off - RRP $49.98 Free delivery worldwide Available
    Dispatched in 2 business days
    When will my order arrive?
    Add to basket | Add to wishlist |

    DescriptionDeath to Tyrants! is the first comprehensive study of ancient Greek tyrant-killing legislation - laws that explicitly gave individuals incentives to "kill a tyrant." David Teegarden 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. He 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? Teegarden argues that tyrant-killing legislation facilitated pro-democracy mobilization both by encouraging brave individuals to strike the first blow against a nondemocratic regime and by convincing others that it was safe to follow the tyrant killer's lead. Such legislation thus deterred anti-democrats from staging a coup by ensuring that they would be overwhelmed by their numerically superior opponents. Drawing on modern social science models, Teegarden looks at how the institution of public law affects the behavior of individuals and groups, thereby exploring the foundation of democracy's persistence in the ancient Greek world. He also provides the first English translation of the tyrant-killing laws from Eretria and Ilion. By analyzing crucial ancient Greek tyrant-killing legislation, Death to Tyrants! explains how certain laws enabled citizens to draw on collective strength in order to defend and preserve their democracy in the face of motivated opposition.

Other books

Other books in this category
Showing items 1 to 11 of 11


Reviews | Bibliographic data
  • Full bibliographic data for Death to Tyrants!

    Death to Tyrants!
    Ancient Greek Democracy and the Struggle Against Tyranny
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Arlo Teegarden
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    ISBN 13: 9780691156903
    ISBN 10: 0691156905

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 04
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: POL007000, HIS002010
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAG
    BISAC V2.8: LAW018000
    DC23: 938
    BISAC region code:
    DC22: 342.3808/54
    LC classification: KL4372 .T44 2014
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 342.380854
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JPHV, JPA, LNDX, NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    3 halftones. 2 line illus. 2 tables.
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    06 December 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Author Information
    David A. Teegarden is assistant professor of classics at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
    Review quote
    "[Death to Tyrants!] is on the whole an admirably thorough and moreover sociologically informed analysis of a fundamental article of ancient Greek political belief, attested diversely and complexly by literary and especially epigraphical sources."--P. C., Anglo-Hellenic Review
    Flap copy
    "Presenting a close reading of six tyrant-killing laws enacted between the fifth and second centuries BCE, this crisp and lucid book makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of how ancient democracies came to power--and how they maintained that power--in the face of constant and serious internal and external threats from individuals and parties seeking to destroy popular rule."--Peter van Alfen, American Numismatic Society""Death to Tyrants!" develops an original and substantial model of ancient Greek civic uprisings. Teegarden argues persuasively that Greek inscriptions reveal that resistance to oppressive oligarchs had a consistent pattern, on different continents across a span of several centuries."--Daniel P. Tompkins, Temple University
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations ix Preface xi List of Abbreviations xiii Introduction 1 Part I The Invention of Tyrant-Killing Legislation Chapter 1 The Decree of Demophantos 15 Part II Tyrant-Killing Legislation in the Late Classical Period Chapter 2 The Eretrian Tyrant-Killing Law 57 Chapter 3 The Law of Eukrates 85 Part III Tyrant-Killing Legislation in the Early Hellenistic Period Chapter 4 The Anti-Tyranny Dossier from Eresos 115 Chapter 5 The Philites Stele from Erythrai 142 Chapter 6 The Ilian Tyrant-Killing Law 173 Conclusion 215 Appendix: The Number and Geographic Distribution of Different Regime Types from the Archaic to the Early Hellenistic Periods 221 Bibliography 237 Index 249