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Aristotle, Politics, Book 1, section 1259a (search)
they introduce a monopoly of marketable goods. There was a man in Sicily who used a sum of money deposited with him to buy up all the iron from the iron mines, and afterwards when the dealers came from the trading-centers he was the only seller, though he did not greatly raise the price, but all the same he made a profit of a hundred talentsThe talent was about 240 pounds. on his capital of fifty. When DionysiusDionysius the elder, tyrant of Syracuse 405-367 B.C. came to know of it he ordered the man to take his money with him but clear out of Syracuse on the spot,cf. Thucydides oi( d' ou)ke/ti e)/meinan a)lla\ . . . since he was inventing means of profit detrimental to the tyrant's own affairs. Yet really this device is the same as the discovery of Thales, for both men alike contrived to secure themselves a monopoly. An acquaintance with these devices is also serviceable for statesmen, for many states ne
Diodorus Siculus, Library, Fragments of Book 10, Chapter 4 (search)
sufficient funds and restored to Prorus his fortune, although he had never seen the man before and knew no more of him than that he was a Pythagorean. Of many others also it is recorded that they have done something of this kind. And it was not only in the giving away of money that they showed themselves so devoted to their friends, but they also shared each other's dangers on occasions of greatest peril. So, for example, while Dionysius was tyrantThe Elder, in Syracuse, 405-367 B.C. and a certain Phintias, a Pythagorean, who had formed a plot against the tyrant, was about to suffer the penalty for it, he asked Dionysius for time in which to make such disposition as he wished of his private affairs; and he said that he would give one of his friends as surety for his death. And when the ruler expressed his wonder whether such a friend was to be found as would take his place in prison, Phintias called upon one of his acquaintances
Diodorus Siculus, Library, Book XIII, Chapter 75 (search)
ith three thousand soldiers, and making his way through the territory of Gela he arrived at night at the place agreed upon. Although not all his soldiers had been able to accompany him, Hermocrates with a small number of them came to the gate on Achradine, and when he found that some of his friends had already occupied the region, he waited to pick up the latecomers. But when the Syracusans heard what had happened, they gathered in the market-place under arms, and here, since they appeared accompanied by a great multitude, they slew both Hermocrates and most of his supporters. Those who had not been killed in the fighting were brought to trial and sentenced to exile; consequently some of them who had been severely wounded were reported by their relatives as having died, in order that they might not be given over to the wrath of the multitude. Among their number was also Dionysius, who later became tyrant of the Syracusans.405-367 B.C.
Diodorus Siculus, Library, Book XIII, Chapter 96 (search)
nguished house into relationship with him in order to make firm the tyranny. After this he summoned an assembly and had his most influential opponents, Daphnaeus and Demarchus, put to death. Now Dionysius, from a scribe and ordinary private citizen, had become tyrant of the largest city of the Greek worldProbably Syracuse grew to be such before the death of Dionysius.; and he maintained his dominance until his death, having ruled as tyrant for thirty-eight years.405-367 B.C. But we shall give a detailed account of his deeds and of the expansion of his rule in connection with the appropriate periods of time; for it seems that this man, single-handed, established the strongest and longest tyranny of any recorded by history. The Carthaginians, after their capture of the city,Acragas. transferred to Carthage both the votive offerings and statues and every other object of greatest value, and when they had burned down the temples and p
Lysias, Olympic Oration, section 5 (search)
For we see both the gravity of our dangers and their imminence on every side: you are aware that empire is for those who command the sea, that the KingArtaxerxes II., who reigned 405-362 B.C. has control of the money, that the Greeks are in thrall to those who are able to spend it, that our master possesses many ships, and that the despot of SicilyDionysius I of Syracuse, who reigned 405-367 B.C. has many also.
Polybius, Histories, book 2, The First Achaean League (search)
s gives the form a)ma/rios, which has been connected with h(ma/ra "day." and a place in which to hold their meetings and common councils. *zeu/s o(ma/rios or a)ma/rios.They then adopted the laws and customs of the Achaeans, and determined to conduct their constitution according to their principles; but finding themselves hampered by the tyranny of Dionysius of Syracuse, and also by the encroachment of the neighbouring barbarians, they were forced much against their will to abandon them. B. C. 405-367. Again, later on, when the Lacedaemonians met with their unexpected reverse at Leuctra, and the Thebans as unexpectedly claimed the hegemony in Greece, a feeling of uncertainty prevailed throughout the country, and especially among the Lacedaemonians and Thebans themselves, because the former refused to allow that they were beaten, the latter felt hardly certain that they had conquered. B. C. 371. On this occasion, once more, the Achaeans were the people selected by the two parties, out
Boethius, Consolatio Philosophiae, Book Three , Prosa 5: (search)
with imperet . Qua . . . parte: "where." beatos faciens: almost the equivalent of a relative clause modifying potestas . hac: "there," correlated with qua . . . parte above. subintrat: "enters secretly." Expertus: "having experienced, known"; governs genitive ( periculorum ). metus: accusative plural. The "sword of Damocles" (hung by the tyrant Dionysius of Syracuse [405-367 B.C.]) was already proverbial. aculeos: "stings, barbs." vellent vixisse: "they would have liked to have lived . . ." Subject must be supplied from the exempla of sec. 2, hence the past potential subjunctive and perfect infinitive. qui satellite latus ambit: "who surrounds [his] flank ( latus ) with a bodyguard." imbecillitatis: "weakness, helplessness." incolumi
M. Tullius Cicero, De Officiis: index (ed. Walter Miller), Dionysius (search)
Dionysius the elder (430-367), tyrant of Syracuse (405-367), a typically cruel tyrant, suspicious and fearful, 2.25; 3.45 (?); devoted to art and literature, himself a poet crowned with a prize at Athens.