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Aristotle on the Phony Religiocity of Tyrants

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A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider God-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, wrongly believing that he has the Gods on his side.

Aristotle, Politica bk v (ca. 340 BCE)

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