Aisymnetai: Tyrants True to Tradition, or Untruly Understood Tradition?

Solomatina Elena I.

The author, basing herselfupon the analysis of both written and epigraphic sources, examines the appearance of aisymnetia from the viewpoint of polis institution development in the Archaic epoch. She argues against the opinion common for Russian historiography which regards the Archaic aisymnetia as people's dictatorship, and considers the former to be the result of the aristocratic struggle.