Dionysius[-nis̸h′əs, -nis′ē əs, -nī′sē əs]
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- noun430?-367 ; Gr. tyrant of ancient Syracuse (405-367): called the Elder
- 395?-340? ; Gr. tyrant of Syracuse (367-356; 347-343): son of Dionysius the Elder: called the Younger
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Known as “the Elder.” 430?-367 B.C.
Tyrant of Syracuse (405-367) noted for his campaigns against the Carthaginians in Sicily. His son Dionysius (395?-343?), known as “the Younger,” succeeded him as tyrant in 367 and was exiled in 343 for his despotic rule.