Darius I Was A Tyrant Essay

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Darius I was an odd tyrant. All outwardly appearances suggested that he was truly concerned about his subjects and defending them from intruders. He made it a priority to ensure the prosperity of his empire; after all, happy subjects were obedient subjects. However, even with as much as he did to seem like a “fair and just king,” it was all done to appease his ego. Yes, he protected his people, only to expect payment from them in the form of taxes, gifts and tributes. The pacification of the people caused them to work harder in order to expand the Persian empire, and for Darius to eventually convince himself that he was the supreme ruler of the world. The labor of the subjects of the empire was exploited on a large scale through taxation, forced labor, and mandatory military service. The king exercised absolute authority, and rebellions were discouraged through a system of spies known as the “eyes and ears of the king.” Rather than envying the Persians for enjoying hundreds of years of peace, the Greeks pitied the subjects of the Persian…show more content…
Aristagoras, tyrant of Miletus, persuaded the Persians to assist him in overtaking the whole Cycladic island chain and possibly mainland Greece. When that plan failed to come to fruition, Aristagoras convinced the Ionian Greeks to unite in revolt. After resigning from his tyranny, Aristagoras set out to overthrow all of the other Ionian tyrants, and even attempted to seek help from the Spartans, who rejected his proposal. He moved on to Athens, who were more receptive to his plans, out of fear of the return of exiled leader Hippias, who had found his way to Persia. The Athenians agreed to send twenty ships to the shores of the island of Lade near Miletus in 494 BCE. The rebellion was unsuccessful; Miletus was defeated, but not without some damage to Persia with the burning of the capital city of western Persia,

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