By Jeff Champion
This can be the tale of 1 of crucial classical towns, Syracuse, and its struggles (both inner and exterior) for freedom and survival. located on the center of the Mediterranean, Syracuse used to be stuck within the heart as Carthage, Pyrrhus of Epirus, Athens after which Rome battled to realize keep an eye on of Sicily. the specter of expansionist enemies on each side made for a tumultuous scenario in the urban, leading to repeated coups that threw up a chain of exceptional tyrants, akin to Gelon, Timoleon and Dionysius.
In this primary quantity Jeff Champion strains the process Syracuse's wars lower than the tyrants from the conflict of Himera (480 BC) opposed to the Carthaginians all the way down to the loss of life of Dionysius I (367 BC), whose reign proved to be the excessive tide of the city's energy and impact. one of many highlights alongside the way in which is the city's heroic resistance to, and eventual decisive defeat of, the Athenian expeditionary strength that besieged them for over years (415-413BC), an occasion with monstrous ramifications for the Greek global. this is often the eventful existence tale of 1 of the forgotten significant powers of the traditional Mediterranean global.
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