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Demosthenes: Selected Speeches

ISBN13: 9780199593774
Published: May 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £11.99

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'Even if everyone else succumbs to slavery, we must still fight for our freedom.' Admired by many in the ancient world as the greatest of the classic Athenian orators, Demosthenes was intimately involved in the political events of his day.

As well as showing a master orator at work, his speeches are a prime source for the history of the period, when Athens was engaged in a doomed struggle against the rising power of Macedon under the brilliant father and son, Philip and Alexander. Demosthenes wrote for the courts, both for political trials in which he was involved and for other cases in which he acted as ghost-writer for plaintiff or defendant, and his lawcourt speeches give an unrivalled glimpse of the daily life of ancient Athens.

He also played a central role in education in Greece and Rome from the Hellenistic period onward, and was imitated by the greatest of Roman orators, Cicero. This selection includes the fullest range of Demosthenes' speeches, for trials both public and private and for the assembly, in a single volume.

Legal History
Translator's Note
Select Bibliography
1. First Olynthiac
2. Second Olynthiac
3. Third Olynthiac
4. First Philippic
5. On the Peace
8. On the situation in the Chersonese
9. Third Philippic
18. On the Crown
19. A Case of Ambassadorial Misconduct
21. Against Meidias, on the Punch
23. Against Aristocrates
59. Apollodorus, Against Neaera
27. First Speech against Aphobus, on Trusteeship
28. Second Speech against Aphobus, on Trusteeship
35. Against Lacritus
36. For Phormion, a Counter-Plea
39. First Speech against Boeotus, on the Name
54. Against Conon
55. Against Callicles
Explanatory Notes
Textual Notes
Index of Proper Names

Series: Oxford World's Classics