Demosthenes: On the Crown by DemosthenesDemosthenes: On the Crown by Demosthenes

Demosthenes: On the Crown

byDemosthenesEditorHarvey Yunis

Paperback | June 18, 2001

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This volume presents a newly edited Greek text of one of the masterpieces of ancient Greek prose, a speech delivered by the orator Demosthenes before a court in Athens in 330 BCE. 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. The greater part of the book consists of a commentary that elucidates the text and makes clear how Demosthenes achieved his objectives.
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 exhort...
Title:Demosthenes: On the CrownFormat:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 7.32 × 4.84 × 0.71 inPublished:June 18, 2001Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521629306

ISBN - 13:9780521629300


Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; Map of Greece, Macedon and the Aegean; Introduction; 1. Athenian politics in response to Macedonian expansion; 2. The graphē paranomōn and the trial on Demosthenes' crown; 3. Explaining Chaeronea; 4. Demosthenes' rhetorical art; 5. Speech, text, transmission; Demosthenous Hyper Ktesiphontos Peri Tou Stephanou; Commentary; Appendix I. Synopsis of the argument; Appendix II. Timeline of major events; Bibliography; Index of Greek words; General index.

Editorial Reviews

"I am very grateful to have this up-to-date English commentary on Demosthenes' greatest speeches available for my own research and for use in advanced Greek courses. Yunis has done the field a great service." New England Classical Journal