I'm a bit confused: this sounds like a book about the tyrants of Syracuse that makes no reference to any of the two Hiero, Dionysius the man who almost killed Plato or Agathocles (that is, all the most famous tyrants of Syracuse). Perhaps you didn't find them as interesting? Hiero I, in particular, is the object of a fascinating essay by Leo Strauss, not sure if the author looks into that.

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