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Cypselus

Civilization:Greek: Corinth
Era: City States
died 627 BCField of Renown:statesman: Tyrant
Corinth
 The citadel of Corinth

Cypselus was the founder of a dynasty of tyrants from the city of Corinth. Under the rule of his family the city became powerful and prosperous. His son Periander, was considered to be one of the Seven Sages of Greece. Although Periander was highly educated and accomplished, and started his reign in a mild spirit, at length he became cruel and haughty. Periander had two sons, but one was a dunce and he feuded with the other, so neither ascended to the throne of Corinth.


Key events during the life of Cypselus

Year Event
  Labda hides her son in a cypselus
657 BC Overthrew the ruling family of Corinth, the Bacchiadæ.
  Ruled Corinth harshly but prosperously for 30 years.
627 BC The reign passed to Periander, son of Cypselus.
  Periander becomes more tyrannical and cruel. Eventually murders wife.
  Lycophoron rebels against his father and goes to live at Corcyra.
585 BC Periander murdered when he goes to reconcile with his son.

 

Story LinksBook Links
At Corinth in  Three Greek Children: A Story of Home in Old Time  by  Church
Tyrants of Corinth  in  Historical Tales: 10—Greek  by  Morris

Image Links
The Fountain of Peirene, Corinth  in Crown of Pine The Citadel of Corinth  in Greatest Nations: Greece


Contemporary Short Biography
Periander Son of Cypselus. Considered a cruel tyrant, but one of the "Seven Sages of Greece."
Thrasybulus of Miletus Tyrant of Miletus, friend of Periander.
Lycophron Son of Periander. Furious at his father for killing his mother.
Labda Mother of Cypselus.