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Demosthenes On the Crown

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ISBN-10: 0521629306

ISBN-13: 9780521629300

Edition: 2001

Authors: . . . Demosthenes, Harvey E. Yunis, P. E. Easterling, Philip Hardie, Richard Hunter

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Demosthenes' speech On the Crown is one of the finest artistic achievements of Greek prose. Delivered in an Athenian court in 330 BCE, and circulated in written form soon afterwards, the speech made an immediate impression on contemporary Greeks and for centuries served the writers and speakers of antiquity as the primary model of forceful argument and vigorous style. In this volume Harvey Yunis presents a new edition of the speech. The book contains an introductory essay outlining the historical situation that gave rise to the speech, the nature of Demosthenes' rhetorical art, and the history of the text. A new Greek text of the speech is accompanied by a select textual apparatus. The…    
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List price: $42.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/7/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.99" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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…    

Author's (Mark Ahavel) Biography The author was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1963 in a Roman Catholic hospital during the middle of Vatican II (1962-'64). And his exact birthday coincides with the day that the prophet Muhammad completed is Hijrah (migration) to Medina, according to Muslim tradition, a significant event in the life of the Prophet for Muslims. In 1963, the Baha'i Faith celebrated their 100th anniversary and they established their International House of Justice on Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel. From the year and the date of the author's birth, one can certainly find ecumenical and interfaith significance, perhaps a portent of his destiny. The author was baptized as an infant in…    

List of abbreviations
Map of Greece, Macedon and the Aegean
Athenian politics in response to Macedonian expansion
The graphe paranomon and the trial on Demosthenes' crown
Explaining Chaeronea
Demosthenes' rhetorical art
Speech, text, transmission
Demosthenous Hyper Ktesiphontos Peri Tou Stephanou
Synopsis of the argument
Timeline of major events
Index of Greek words
General Index