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History - "Age of the Tyrants"

Trinity Christian Academy History/English
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Colonization lead to _______.
new merchant class - wealth but little pol. power; more access to different resources
Tyrants
not subj to law; support from rich merchants and peasants (hoplites); achieved power by coup d'etat (seizing state by force) and maintained power through mercenaries; public works gave him popularity; developed culture via arts (theatre, writing)
End of Tyrants
WHY:
progression of greed; unjust rulers; power was handed down
WHAT:
some poleis went to democracy (Athens) and others to oligarchies (Sparta)
Pre-Democracy
removal of tyrants paved the way for more people to participate in political affairs