Philosophy and Rhetoric 45 (1):24 (2012)

In his life of Plato, Diogenes Laertius describes a confrontation between Plato and the emperor of Sicily, Dionysius I (ca. 430–367 BCE). According to Diogenes, Plato was visiting Sicily when he was summoned by Dionysius to discuss political philosophy—the different types of constitutions and governments. Diogenes reports that Plato told the emperor, known as the “tyrant of Sicily,” that tyranny is not the best form of government unless the tyrant is preeminent in virtue; otherwise, tyranny works to the advantage of the tyrant at the expense of other citizens. Dionysius was not impressed: “You talk like an old dotard,” the emperor is reported to have stated, to which Plato replied, “And you like a tyrant.” ..
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