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Evil Lords: Theories and Representations of Tyranny from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Nikos Panou and Hester Schadee


This edited volume uses the prism of bad rule or tyranny to sharpen our understanding of political discourse from the ancient world to the Renaissance. Eleven chapters present case studies examining Hebrew, Greco-Roman, Byzantine, early, high, and late medieval, and Renaissance conceptions and representations of bad or tyrannical government. Since bad rule is always a perversion of the norm, its shifting conceptualizations shed light on historically specific assessments of what constitutes legitimate and acceptable political behavior. Meanwhile, political debate also reflects specific power st ... More

Keywords: tyranny, political thought, monarchy, ancient world, premodern West, classical reception, virtue ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199394852
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199394852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nikos Panou, editor
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Peter V. Tsantes Endowed Professor in Hellenic Studies, SUNY Stony Brook

Hester Schadee, editor
Lecturer in European History 1450-1750, University of Exeter, UK

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