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Re: The Aussie ?tyrannosaur?



Jocelyn Falconnet <j.falconnet@gmail.com> wrote:


> Ok, I see what you mean. Maybe we
> should here think of "tyrant" in its
> original sense: "the one who (which) dominate", "master",
> "sovereign"


You're right: the word 'tyrannos' originally had no negative connotations, and 
referred to an autocrat who rose to power by 'unconventional' means (i.e., 
usually outside the prevailing social or political hierarchy).  These tyrants 
had their own private armies, and used popular support to seize control of 
cities away from ruling kings and aristocrats.  'Tyrannos' was not originally a 
Greek word, but a foreign word (Lydian?) that entered the Greek lexicon in Asia 
Minor.



Cheers

Tim