This chapter argues for the analytical value of the demos-tyrant analogy as it was deployed in fifth- and fourth- century ancient Greek sources, particularly as it pertained to the politics of accountability and advice. The chapter introduces and begins to respond to several worries about the comparison of the demos to the tyrant and of the closed councils of autocrats to the deliberative fora of ancient Athens, objections which are dealt with further in the rest of the book. The introduction also contains short summaries of the following chapters.
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