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Aristotle and Plato on Tyranny

“A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.”

Aristotle

“When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.”

Plato

“Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.”

Aristotle

“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector”

– Plato

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