M Harold Page Reviews Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror

April 18, 2018

Dark Lords Through History: Waller Newell’s Tyrants

 

Remember the Sword of Damocles?

 

Damocles flatters King Dionysus; “Lord! How fortunate and god-favored you are to be so powerful!”The king — really a tyrant — says, “Sure. Let’s change places for a day.” So, Damocles has a right old time feasting and carousing, right up until the moment Dionysus points out the sharp sword hung over his head, suspended by just one fraying thread…Eek!

 

The take home is, WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU WANT TO BE A TYRANT, YOU IDIOT? EVERYBODY WILL TRY TO KILL YOU.

 

 

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