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DEATH OF DION
NOW, after suffering so much under Dionysius and his
father, the Syracusans had learned to hate the very name
of tyrant; and ever since Dion had come into the city,
and taken the lead, they had loudly said they would
never stand such a ruler again.
As soon as the letter was ended, Dionysius tied it to a
stone, and threw it over the wall. Of course, it was
carried to Dion, who read it aloud, little suspecting
its contents, or the effect it would produce upon his
The people began to frown and look angry, and
Heraclides boldly seized this opportunity to poison
their minds against Dion. He urged them to drive their
 out of the city, and to give the command of
the army to him instead.
The people, ever ready for a change, gladly listened to
this advice, and, after banishing Dion, made Heraclides
their chief. Dionysius cleverly managed to escape from
the citadel; and his general, Nypsius, only then
becoming aware of the revolution, took his place there,
and by a sudden sally won back the greater part of the
As Heraclides was taken by surprise at this move, and
greatly feared the wrath of Dionysius, he now wrote to
Dion, begging him to come back and save those who had
The appeal was not made in vain. Dion generously
forgave the treachery of Heraclides, and, marching into
the city once more, drove Nypsius back into the
citadel, where this general died.
The people of Syracuse were ashamed of having so
suddenly turned against Dion after their first warm
welcome to him, and they now fell at his feet, begging
his pardon, which he freely granted to them all.
In spite of this kindness, which they had not deserved,
Heraclides and many others went on plotting secretly
against Dion, until his friends, weary of such double
dealing put Heraclides to death.
Dion was sorry for this, reproved his friends for
committing such a crime, and said that he knew the
Syracusans would in time lay the murder at his door,
and try to punish him for it.
He was right in thinking
thus, for the friends of Heraclides soon began plotting
against him; and, entering his
 country house one day
when he was alone, they fell upon him and killed him.
As soon as Dionysius heard that Dion was dead, he hastened
back to Syracuse, where he ruled more cruelly than ever,
and put so many people to death that the citizens
rose up against him once more. With the help of a
Corinthian army, they then freed their city, and sent
Dionysius to Corinth, where he was forced to earn his
living by teaching school.
The people all hooted.
As Dionysius was a cross and unkind teacher, the children
would neither love nor obey him; and whenever he passed
down the street, clad in a rough mantle instead of a
jewel-covered robe, the people all hooted, and made great fun of him.