Peisistratus


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Peisistratus:

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, 605?–527 B.C., Greek statesman, tyrant of Athens. His power was founded on the cohesion of the rural citizens, whom he consolidated with farseeing land laws. His coup (c.560 B.C.) was probably not unpopular.
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Two centuries earlier, during the reigns of Peisistratus and Hipparchus (middle and second half of the sixth century), an official recension of the Homeric poems had been established for public recitations at the Panathenaic festival.
Since Solon and Peisistratus were considered of the same generation, his birth could not have been much earlier than 625.
Darius's groom may have possessed the "horse sense" to effect the prodigy, but Darius's audacity and willingness to manipulate the credulity of his competitors (like that of Peisistratus among the Athenians) won the day.
He is also known to have purchased the confiscated property of Peisistratus (Hdt.
29) Hartog identifies Herodotus' images of the barbarian king as a study in royal otherness, treating barbarianism and royalty as virtually inseparable concepts, though Greek tyrants like Periander and Peisistratus and some Spartan kings also transgress normal relations with women, castrate noble boys, etc.
Tragedy of some form was introduced by the tyrant Peisistratus when he refounded the festival (534/531 BC), but the earliest tragedy that survives, Aeschylus' Persians, dates from 472 BC.
Peisistratus, the noble youngest son of King Nestor.
The Peisistratids,' accused by name here, are generally considered to be the direct biological offspring of Peisistratus, who, in Cicero's words, primus Homeri libros confusos antea sic disposuisse dicitur, ut nunc habemus (is said to be the first man have ordered the books of Homer out of the jumble they were in before into the manner that we have today).
Fredal first recounts how Peisistratus acquired supreme power by ingratiating himself with the commoners, a process he began by faking some injuries and blaming them on his enemies.
The conclusions reached are that the metaphor signifies that the Athenians, rather than being cunning, have been tricked by a 'fox', and that this 'fox' is a tyrant, probably Peisistratus.
In the rest of the passage he uses only [Greek Words Omitted], and his subject is the various peoples (Pelasgians, Hellenes, Spartans, Athenians) as language-groups, as groups that `split off' or `joined' others (58), or, in the case of the Athenians, as a people tyrannized by Peisistratus (59.
For example, there is a discussion of what Agamemnon might have used in the way of equipment, and acceptance of an intrinsically implausible later anecdote about Peisistratus disarming the Athenians in the mid-sixth century.