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  • See Pisistratus.

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  • proper n. Tyrant of Athens from 546 to 527/8 BCE who promoted cultural and financial prosperity of Athens.


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From Ancient Greek Πεισίστρατος (Peisistratos).


  • For example, most Athenians think that Hipparchus was actually tyrant when he was slain by Harmodius and Aristogeiton; they are not aware that Hippias was the eldest of the sons of Peisistratus, and succeeded him, and that Hipparchus and Thessalus were only his brothers. 23 At the last moment,

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Hereas of Megara says that Peisistratus removed this verse from the works of Hesiod.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • At first sight there appears to be a similar inversion in the last step of the Platonic succession; for tyranny, instead of being the natural end of democracy, in early Greek history appears rather as a stage leading to democracy; the reign of Peisistratus and his sons is an episode which comes between the legislation of Solon and the constitution of

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett

  • At the same time, so far from believing that the composition or primary arrangement of these poems, in their present form, was the work of Peisistratus, I am rather persuaded that the fine taste and elegant, mind of that Athenian would lead him to preserve an ancient and traditional order of the poems, rather than to patch and reconstruct them according to a fanciful hypothesis.

    The Odyssey of Homer

  • Peisistratus were wholly of an editorial character, although I must confess that I can lay down nothing respecting the extent of his labours.

    The Odyssey of Homer

  • In short, “a man may believe the Iliad to have been put together out of pre-existing songs, without recognising the age of Peisistratus as the period of its first compilation.”

    The Odyssey of Homer

  • But he has also shown, and we think with equal success, that the two questions relative to the primitive unity of these poems, or, supposing that impossible, the unison of these parts by Peisistratus, and not before his time, are essentially distinct.

    The Odyssey of Homer

  • He divides the first twenty-two books of the Iliad into sixteen different songs, and treats as ridiculous the belief that their amalgamation into one regular poem belongs to a period earlier than the age of Peisistratus.

    The Odyssey of Homer

  • I cannot, however, help thinking, that the story which attributes the preservation of these poems to Lycurgus, is little else than a version of the same story as that of Peisistratus, while its historical probability must be measured by that of many others relating to the Spartan Confucius.

    The Odyssey of Homer

  • Odyssey had not been cemented together into any compact body and unchangeable order, until the days of Peisistratus, in the sixth century before Christ.

    The Odyssey of Homer


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  • Good heavens, a tyrant of cultural prosperity.

    January 20, 2016