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Name:  Gelon
Brief biography:  Tyrant first of Gela from 491 BC and then, from 485 BC, of Syracuse
Nationality:  Greek
Occupation:  Ruler
Date of birth:  c. 540 BC
Place of birth:  Sicily: Gela
Period of rule:  485 BC-478 BC
Date of death:  478 BC
Place of death:  Sicily: Syracuse

Gelon succeeded Hippocrates, whose cavalry commander he had been, as tyrant of Gela in Sicily in 491 BC, and then managed to secure appointment as tyrant of Syracuse in 485 BC. He increased the power of Syracuse considerably by warfare, and helped lead Sicilian resistance to invasion from Carthage in 480 BC.

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