HomeAboutLogin
       
       
 
62 years

   
Gelon, (born c. 540 bc - died 478), tyrant of the cities of Gela (491485) and Syracuse (485478) in Sicily. On the death of Hippocrates, the tyrant of Gela, in 491, Gelon, who had been his cavalry commander, succeeded him. Gelon early became involved in inconclusive hostilities with Carthage. In 485, taking advantage of an appeal by the gamoroi (conservative landowners) of Syracuse, who had been driven out by the people, he made himself master of that city, leaving his brother Hieron to control Gela. Under Gelon, Syracuse grew rapidly in population and power. Mercenaries were recruited widely, and a strong fleet was built up. Gelon conquered the nearby Sicilian cities of Euboea and Megara Hyblaea (c. 483), selling their common people into slavery and bringing their oligarchs to Syracuse. He controlled the Greek and Sicel communities of east Sicily and became linked by marriage with Theron, tyrant of Acragas (later the Roman Agrigentum, modern Agrigento). When the Carthaginians invaded Sicily in 480, Theron appealed to Gelon, who was primarily responsible for the decisive Greek victory of Himera.

More on this Website
• http://www.britannica.com/EBch ... d/topic/228001/Gelon

Related LinksAdd URL
wikipedia: GeloEdit

 
 
Gelon, (born c. 540 bc - died 478), tyrant of the cities of Gela (491485) and Syracuse (485478) in Sicily. On the death of Hippocrates, the tyrant of Gela, in 491, Gelon, who had been his cavalry commander, succeeded him. Gelon early became involved in inconclusive hostilities with Carthage. In 485, taking advantage of an appeal by the gamoroi (conservative landowners) of Syracuse, who had been driven out by the people, he made himself master of that city, leaving his brother Hieron to control Gela. Under Gelon, Syracuse grew rapidly in population and power. Mercenaries were recruited widely, and a strong fleet was built up. Gelon conquered the nearby Sicilian cities of Euboea and Megara Hyblaea (c. 483), selling their common people into slavery and bringing their oligarchs to Syracuse. He controlled the Greek and Sicel communities of east Sicily and became linked by marriage with Theron, tyrant of Acragas (later the Roman Agrigentum, modern Agrigento). When the Carthaginians invaded Sicily in 480, Theron appealed to Gelon, who was primarily responsible for the decisive Greek victory of Himera. More

 
    Xerxes I, King of Persia
  Xerxes I, King of Persia
Persian king (486 465 BC) of the Achaemenian dynasty. The son of Darius I, he had been governor of Babylon before his succession. He ferociously suppressed rebellions in Egypt (484) and Babylonia (482). To avenge Darius's defeat by the Greeks a...
 
    The Greco-Persian Wars
  The Greco-Persian Wars
The Greco-Persian Wars (also often called the Persian Wars) were a series of conflicts between the Achaemenid Empire of Persia and city-states of the Hellenic world that started in 499 BC and lasted until 449 BC. The collision between the fractious p...
 
    Herodotus, Father of History
  Herodotus, Father of History
Herodotus of Halicarnassus was a Greek historian who lived in the 5th century BC in Halicarnassus, Caria; Bodrum in modern Turkey. He is regarded as the "Father of History" in Western culture. He was the first historian known to collect his materials...
 
       
 
         
          2018 © Timeline Index | Webwork.Amsterdam