The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

Greek Tyrants and the Persians, 546–479 B.C.

M. M. Austina1

a1 University of St Andrews

The word ‘tyrant’ was not originally Greek, but borrowed from some eastern language, perhaps in western Asia Minor. On the other hand, tyranny as it developed in the Greek cities in the archaic age would seem to have been initially an indigenous growth, independent of any intervention by foreign powers. It then became a constantly recurring phenomenon of Greek political and social life, so long as the Greeks enjoyed an independent history.