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By Richard Evans

Syracuse possesses a distinct position within the heritage of the traditional Mediterranean as a result of its contribution to Greek tradition and political proposal and perform. Even within the first century BC Cicero may well nonetheless claim ’You have usually heard that of the entire Greek towns Syracuse is the best and such a lot beautiful.’ Sicily’s strategic situation within the Mediterranean introduced the town prosperity and tool, putting it within the first rank of states within the historic international. The historical past and governance of town have been recorded from the 5th century BC and the amount of literary assets comes on the subject of matching the documents of Athens or Rome. Combining literary and fabric proof this monograph strains the background of Syracuse, delivering new arguments concerning the date of the city’s starting place, and maintains in the course of the 5th century whilst, as a democracy, Syracuse’s army power grew to equivalent that of Athens or Sparta, surpassing them within the early fourth century lower than the tyrant Dionysius I. From ca. 350 BC, although, the city’s fortunes declined because the country was once wracked with civil strife because the tyranny misplaced keep watch over. the outcome was once a cave in so severe that the town confronted whole and drawing close destruction.

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