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Tyrannis, Tyrannos
(1,195 words)

(τυραννίς/tyrannís, Archaic Gk. also τυραννίη/tyranníē; τύραννος/týrannos; Latin tyrannus).

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I. Term; alterations in meaning

Tyrannos (non-Greek loan-word, perhaps from Lydian tūran/'lord') is first attested around the mid-7th cent. as the term denoting the Lydian king Gyges [1] (Archil. 22,3 Diehl; fr. 19 West). Greek Archaic poetry used tyrannis synonymously with monarchía , but tyrannos was never used in self-presentation or as a title, but was used by ar…

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Cobet, Justus (Essen), “Tyrannis, Tyrannos”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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