Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2 - Study Guide Dion, Marcus Brutus and The Comparison of Dion and Brutus Summary & Analysis

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Dion was a Syracusan who grew rich serving Dionysius, the tyrannical Greek king of Syracuse. Dion also served the king's young son, also named Dionysius, when he came to power but was banished when the young king's supporters began to fear his influence. Dion was a pupil of Plato, and had introduced the young king to Plato's philosophy against tyrants.

From Greece, Dion used his wealth to raise an army of Peloponnesian soldiers which drove Dionysius out of Syracuse. Dion tried to establish a new government, but a popular faction arose against him and he and his foreign troops were forced to leave Syracuse. Dionysius took advantage and attacked the city and set it afire. The Syracusans ran to Dion and begged him to return and defend...

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