Dionysius I of Syracuse

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So, Damocles, since this life delights you, do you wish to taste it yourself and make trial of my fortune?

Dionysius I (or Dionysius the Elder; c. 432 BC367 BC) was a tyrant of Syracuse, who conquered several cities in Sicily and southern Italy, opposed Carthage's influence and made Syracuse the most powerful of the Western Greek colonies.


  • Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.
    • Frag. 6, as quoted in Handy-book of Literary Curiosities (1892) by William Shepard Walsh, p. 1009.
  • I would like somebody to be hated more than I am.
    • Clive Foss, The Tyrants: 2500 Years of Absolute Power and Corruption, London: Quercus Publishing, 2006, ISBN 1905204965, p. 11

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Anecdotes from The Story of the Greeks (1896) by H. A. Guerber: