"This vast dungeon, the work of Dionysius the Tyrant, was already more than three centuries old."

Dionysius I of Syracuse
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 Dionysius was a tyrant of Syracuse in the late 5th and 4th centuries BC. He conquered several cities in Sicily and fought a war against Carthage. Stories and accounts of Dionysius tell of his cruel, vindictive and paranoid nature. He was considered an example of the worst kind of ruler.