A Handbook of Greek Constitutional History by A. H. J. Greenidge

By A. H. J. Greenidge

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Origin of the city-state; the tribe and the extended family, 12. starting place of Greek monarchy, 14 personality of the heroic monarchy, 15; downfall of this monarchy, 17. move of presidency to the clans, 19 nature of the extended family, 20. The early aristocracies, 21; tendency to oligarchic govern ment, 22. Impulse to colonisation, 24. Early Greek tyranny, 25; its foundation, 25 the tyrants, 27 personality in their govt, 30 how a ways was once it constitutional, 31 political and social effects in their rule, 32; downfall of tyranny, 33. upward push of constitutional govt, 34.

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Iii. 46 ; cf. Her. v. 92. 6 The rulers of Sicily are exempted by Thucydides(i. 17) from his general condemnationof the pettinessof the 5 ib. i. 59 ; Thuc. vi. 54. In the Ath. Pol. (c. 16) Peisistratusis said to cf. 157)Gelois despot,not of Syracuse but of Sicily. 4 ib. vi. 103. have ruled /xaAAopTroAm/aSsr) rvpav- tyrant'saims. In Herodotus (vii. 163; 32 OUTLIHES OF GREEK CONSTITUTIONAL this might be won. HISTORY CHAP. The lofty ambition of Gelo more than redeemshis tyranny; it was nothing less than the defenceof western civilisation against its deadly foe the Semite, by a union of the Sicilian Greeksto resist the Carthaginians.

Vii. 101), This was a courtesy title, and in fact the only modeof addiusspossibleto a tyrant from envoys of a friendly state. D Ath,. Pol. 16 ; Ael. Var. Hist, ix, 25. 0 Her. v. 67, 68. ii EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF GREEK CONSTITUTIONS 33 all meant to elevate the Ionian element in the state at the expenseof the Dorian. National unity was to the interest of the tyrant, sincehis powerwas equallythreatenedby clan feudsand by local factions. For this purposereligious festivals were instituted, and Peisistratus's establishment of the greater Panathenaea1 is typical of the modein which pageantry mightbe employedin the interest of order.

It is the aristocracy of the colonies, where the original possession of landed property has created a statuswhich may in some cases have become fixed enough to exist without its originalsupport. The privileged classis formedby the yapopoi or yewfjLopoi, round which the later &5/-tos gathers. Instances of such governmentsare found at Samos,and at Leontini and Syracuse in Sicily. The last stageis markedby moreartificial formsof oligarchy, where the aristocratic element is thrust still further into the background.

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