Demosthenes and His Time: A Study in Defeat by Raphael Sealey

Demosthenes and His Time: A Study in Defeat

byRaphael Sealey

Hardcover | October 1, 1986

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This book draws on a wide range of evidence to study the history of Athens from 386 to 322 B.C. Taking a sympathetic view of the Second Athenian League, Sealey focuses on the career of Demosthenes to provide important insights into Athenian politics and policies. Demosthenes experiencedrepeated setbacks in his early attempts at public activity, but found his mission as a statesman in the conflict with Macedon and subsequently became the leading man in Athens. Sealey rejects theories that assume programmatic divisions among Athenian statesmen into pro- and anti-Macedonians, andargues that all Athenians active in politics resented Macedonian ascendancy but recognized the necessity of accommodation to superior power. His account concludes with the defeat of Athens and its allies and the suicide of Demosthenes, presenting new insights not only into the life of Demosthenesand the turbulent years of his political career, but also the social and international factors bearing on Athenian political activity in general.

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Raphael Sealey is at University of California, Berkeley.
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Title:Demosthenes and His Time: A Study in DefeatFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.49 × 6.46 × 1.26 inPublished:October 1, 1986Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195079280

ISBN - 13:9780195079289

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"...Sealey's discussions of such topics as the idea of 'government', the interpretation of politics as driven by personal dynamics as opposed to ideology, and the problems of interpreting the Attic orators will enrich the work of students and scholars alike."--Ancient History Bulletin