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Demosthenes Selected Private Speeches

ISBN-10: 0521283736

ISBN-13: 9780521283731

Edition: 1985

Authors: Demosthenes, C. Carey, R. A. Reid, P. E. Easterling, Philip Hardie

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The four private speeches contained in this collection were functional artefacts whose object was to persuade a jury numbered in hundreds by manipulating both the facts of the case and the prejudices, beliefs and attitudes of the Athenian man-in-the-street. It is as vehicles of persuasion that Dr Carey and Dr Reid seek primarily to treat the speeches, using their commentary to shed light on how well the speeches perform their function. The speeches have also been chosen for their value as documents of Athenian law, commerce and private life. The commentary explains as far as possible any obscurities in these fields and also deals with matters of linguistic interest. While intended mainly for undergraduates and students in the upper forms of schools, the book will be of interest to all classical scholars. The introduction, which provides a brief survey of the Athenian legal system and the trade of the speechwriter, requires no knowledge of Greek and should interest students of classical culture and literature in translation.
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Book details

List price: $45.99
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/18/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440

Demosthenes, the orator, is said to have had to conquer an originally ineffective vocal delivery. After years of private law practice, he delivered the first of his three Philippics against Philip of Macedon in 351 B.C. He saw danger to Athens in the tyrannical expansion of the Macedonian state, but his passionate and compelling exhortations did not save the Greeks from defeat at Chaeronea in 338 B.C. Exiled in 324 B.C., he was recalled after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. Again, he tried to organize the Greek resistance but failed and was forced to flee when Athens was taken. He took poison to avoid capture. His speeches are characterized by deep sincerity, prodigious power of verbal suggestion, and intricate structure.

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Note on the text
Demosthenes: Selected Private Speeches
Against Conon
Against Pantaenetus
Against Boeotus
Against Dionysodorus
Commentary
Index