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Demosthenes, Speeches 27-38

ISBN-10: 029270254X

ISBN-13: 9780292702547

Edition: 2004

Authors: Douglas M. MacDowell

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This is the eighth volume in the Oratory of Classical Greece. This series presents all of the surviving speeches from the late fifth and fourth centuries BC in new translations prepared by classical scholars who are at the forefront of the discipline. These translations are especially designed for the needs and interests of today' undergraduates, Greekless scholars in other disciplines, and the general public. Classical oratory is an invaluable resource for the study of ancient Greek life and culture. The speeches offer evidence on Greek moral views, social and economic conditions, political and social ideology, law and legal procedure, and other aspects of Athenian culture that have recently been attracting particular interest: women and family life, slavery, and religion, to name just a few. Demosthenes is regarded as the greatest orator of classical antiquity. This volume contains five speeches written for lawsuits in which Demosthenes sought to recover his inheritance, which he claimed was fraudulently misappropriated and squandered by the trustees of the estate. These speeches shed light on Athenian systems of inheritance, marriage, and dowry. The volume also contains seven speeches illustrating the legal procedure known as paragraphe, or "counter-indictment." Four of these are for lawsuits involving commercial shipping, a vital aspect of the Athenian economy that was crucial to maintaining the city' imported food supply. Another concerns the famous Athenian silver mines.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 9/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Series Editor'
Series Introduction
Oratory in Classical Athens
The Orators
The Works of the Orators
Government and Law in Classical Athens
The Translation of Greek Oratory
Note on Currency
Bibliography of Works Cited
Introduction to Demosthenes
Introduction to This Volume
Demosthenes and His Guardians
Counter-Indictment (Paragraphe)
Mercantile Cases
The Authenticity of the Texts
Texts and Commentaries
Against Aphobus I
Against Aphobus II
Against Aphobus for Phanus
Against Onetor I
Against Onetor II
Against Zenothemis
Against Apaturius
Against Phormion
Against Lacritus
For Phormion
Against Pantaenetus
Against Nausimachus and Xenopeithes
Bibliography for This Volume