List of ancient Greek tyrants

This is a list of tyrants from Ancient Greece.

Abydus

  • Daphnis, c. 500 BC

Agrigentum (Acragas)

  • Phalaris, 570-554 BC (overthrown and roasted)
  • Telemachus, after 554 BC
  • Alcamenes, 6th/5th century BC
  • Alcandros, 6th/5th century BC
  • Theron, 488-472 BC
  • Thrasydaeus, 472 BC (expelled and executed)
  • Phintias, c. 288-279 BC
  • Sosistratus, 279-277 BC

Alabanda

  • Aridolis, 480 BC  (POW)
  • Amyntas, after 480 BC

Ambracia

  • Gorgus, fl. 628-600 BC
  • Periander, until 580 BC
  • Archinus, 6th century BC

Amastris

Argos

Assos & Atarneus

Astacus

  • Evarchus, c. 430-420 BC

Athens

Byzantium

Cardia

  • Hecataeus, fl. 323 BC

Camarina

Cassandreia

Catane

Chalcis

Chersonese

Chios

Cibyra

  • Moagetes, fl. 190 BC

Corcyra

Corinth

Cos

  • Cadmus, until 494 BC
  • Nicias of Cos, 1st century BC
  • Nicippus, 1st century (with Nicias)

Croton

  • Cylonius, c. 530 BC
  • Cleinias, c. 504-495 BC
  • Menedemus, until 295 BC (conquered and  )

Cumae

Cyme

  • Aristagoras, fl. 499-493 BC

Cyprus

Cyrene

Cyzicus

  • Aristagoras, c. 500 BC

Elatea

Elea

Elis

Ephesus

  • Athenagoras, 6th century BC
  • Pythagoras, 6th century BC
  • Pindarus, around 560 BC
  • Aristarchus, around 545-540 BC
  • Pasicles, 540-530 BC
  • Aphinagorus, fl. 530 BC
  • Comas, fl. 530 BC
  • Phanes
  • Melancomas, around 500 BC
  • Hegesias, 4th century BC
  • Syrpax, until 334 BC (stoned)
  • Melancomas II, fl. 214 BC

Epidaurus

  • Procles, 640 BC

Eretria

Gela

Halicarnassus

Heraclea Pontica

Hermione

  • Xenon, stepped down 229 BC

Himera

Keryneia

Lampsacus

  • Hippocles, 6th century BC
  • Aiantides, fl. 515-510 BC

Larissa

  • Medius, fl. 395 BC

Leontini

Lindos

Locri

Megalopolis

Megara

Messana

  • Scythes, c. 494 BC
  • Cadmus, c. 494-490 BC
  • Anaxilas, c. 490-476 BC
  • Micythus, c. 476-467 BC (retired)
  • Leophron, c. 467-461 BC (popular revolt)
  • Hippon, c. 338 BC
  • Cios the Mamertine, c. 269 BC  (POW)

Messene

  • Phyliades, before 336 BC (?)

Methymnae

Miletus

Mytilene

  • Melandrus, late 7th century BC
  • Myrsilus, late 7th century BC, (Alcaeus was against him)
  • Pittacus, fl. 600 BC (resigned after ten years)
  • Coes, c. 507-499 BC

Naxos

Orchomenus

  • Aristomelidas, Archaic period (?)
  • Nearchus, 234 BC (resigned)

Oreus

  • Philistides, c. 341 BC (expelled)
  • Menippus, c. 341 BC (expelled)

Parium

  • Herophantus, c. 500 BC

Pellene

Pharsalus

Pherae

  • Lycophron
  • Jason, before 370 BC (assassinated)
  • Polydorus, before 370 BC (assassinated)
  • Polyphron, 370-369 BC (assassinated)
  • Alexander, 369-358 BC (assassinated)
  • Tisiphonus, 357-355/4 BC
  • Lykophron II, 355-352 BC (resigned)
  • Peitholaus, 355-352 BC (resigned)

Phlius

  • Leo, c. 540 BC
  • Cleonymus, before 229 BC (resigned)

Phocaea

  • Laodamas, c. 500 BC

Phocis

  • Phayllus, fl. 352 BC

Pisa

  • Damophon, before 7th century BC (?)
  • Pantaleon, fl. 660-644 BC
  • Damophon, fl. 588 BC
  • Pyrrhus, 6th century BC

Priene

  • Hieron of Priene, 300-297 BC

Proconnesus

  • Metrodorus, c. 500 BC

Rhegium

Samos

Selinunte

  • Theron, 6th/5th century BC
  • Pythagoras, 6th/5th century BC
  • Euryleon, 6th/5th century BC

Sicyon

Sigeum

  • Hegesistratus, fl. 510 BC

Sinope

Sparta

  • Machanidas, 210-207 BC (killed in action)
  • Nabis, 207-192 BC (assassinated by allies)
  • Chaeron, 180 BC

Sybaris

  • Telys, c. 510 BC

Syracuse

Tarentum

  • Aristophylidas, c. 516-492 BC

Tarsus

  • Lysias, before 67 BC

Tauromenium

Thasos

Thebes

  • Leontiades, 382-379 BC (killed)
  • Archias, 382-379 BC (killed)
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