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"[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

"This is a wide-ranging and thought-provoking work. Teegarden's effort to go beyond a classical, Athenocentric view of Greek democracy, while at the same time acknowledging Athens' importance as a model, is to be especially commended."--Alex Gottesman, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Death to Tyrants! provides an original and thought-provoking model to look at the tyrant-killing legislation and its relation to the civic uprisings in the democratic poleis of ancient Greece. Teegarden's treatment of the Athenian laws of Demophantos and Eukrates, as well as the tyrant-killing law of Eretria are certainly the highlight of the book. . . . The main achievement of the book, however, is Teegarden's use of modern social theories, which he applies to his evidence in a very successful manner. As such, Death to Tyrants! will be of interest to a wide range of students and scholars in the fields of history, politics and sociology."--Cezary Kucewicz, Antike Welt

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"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


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