Unformatted text preview: began to plume himself on his chances of becoming tyrant of Athens, and, with that end in view, collected a band of friends and tried to seize the Acropolis." (V, 71). The notes of The Histories also say that "Cylon's attempt at tyranny is the earliest event we know from Athenian history" (qtd. in Herodotus, 659). This portrait Herodotus paints of the Athenians as so resistant to tyranny, including that of the Spartans, reinforces the view of them as the most democratic peoples of Greece, and of the early Western world....
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- Fall '08
- Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy, portrait Herodotus paints