Aeschines and Athenian Politics

Hardcover | November 1, 1983

byEdward M. Harris

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Filling a major gap in scholarship, this is the first full-length study of the Athenian politician Aeschines. Along with Isocrates, Aeschines was one of the most prominent Athenian politicians who advocated friendly ties with the Macedonian king Philip II. Though overshadowed by his famousrival Demosthenes, Aeschines played a key role in the decisive events that marked the rise of Macedonian power in Greece and formed the transition from the Classical to the Hellenistic period. Three long speeches by Aeschines, all delivered in court battles with his opponent Demosthenes, have beenpreserved and provide us with valuable information about Athenian politics during a major turning point in Greek history. This study of Aeschines' political career examines the reliability of court speeches as historical evidence and shows how they help reveal how democratic institutions actuallyfunctioned in Athens when faced with the rise of Macedonian power.

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Filling a major gap in scholarship, this is the first full-length study of the Athenian politician Aeschines. Along with Isocrates, Aeschines was one of the most prominent Athenian politicians who advocated friendly ties with the Macedonian king Philip II. Though overshadowed by his famousrival Demosthenes, Aeschines played a key role ...

Edward M. Harris is at City University of New York.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 0.43 inPublished:November 1, 1983Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195082850

ISBN - 13:9780195082852

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"Edward Harris has established a portrait of Aeschines that is credible yet sensitive, and allows the man to emerge from the oratory."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review