Damien K. Picariello Reviews Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror

May 17, 2018

Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror. By Waller R. Newell. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 264p. $29.99.

 

The Spartan Regime: Its Character, Origins, and Grand Strategy. By Paul A. Rahe. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016. 232p. $38.00.

 

It is especially appropriate to discuss these two books together since they feature a common theme: the connection between a particular kind of regime, on the one hand, and a particular kind of human being, on the other. To get our bearings here we can turn to Book VIII and IX of Plato's Republic in which Socrates....

 

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