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Classical tyrants and the assembly. / Lewis, Sian.

In: Dialogues d'Histoire Ancienne, Vol. 21, No. S21, 18.01.2021, p. 57-77.

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Lewis, S 2021, 'Classical tyrants and the assembly', Dialogues d'Histoire Ancienne, vol. 21, no. S21, pp. 57-77. https://doi.org/10.3917/dha.hs21.0057

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Lewis, S. (2021). Classical tyrants and the assembly. Dialogues d'Histoire Ancienne, 21(S21), 57-77. https://doi.org/10.3917/dha.hs21.0057

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Lewis S. Classical tyrants and the assembly. Dialogues d'Histoire Ancienne. 2021 Jan 18;21(S21):57-77. https://doi.org/10.3917/dha.hs21.0057

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Lewis, Sian. / Classical tyrants and the assembly. In: Dialogues d'Histoire Ancienne. 2021 ; Vol. 21, No. S21. pp. 57-77.

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