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Demosthenes: Selected Private Speeches

byCambridge University Press DemosthenesEditorC. Carey, R. A. Reid

Paperback | August 30, 1985

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The four private speeches contained in this collection were functional artefacts whose object was to persuade a jury numbered in hundreds by manipulating both the facts of the case and the prejudices, beliefs and attitudes of the Athenian man-in-the-street. It is as vehicles of persuasion that Dr Carey and Dr Reid seek primarily to treat the speeches, using their commentary to shed light on how well the speeches perform their function. The speeches have also been chosen for their value as documents of Athenian law, commerce and private life. The commentary explains as far as possible any obscurities in these fields and also deals with matters of linguistic interest. While intended mainly for undergraduates and students in the upper forms of schools, the book will be of interest to all classical scholars. The introduction, which provides a brief survey of the Athenian legal system and the trade of the speechwriter, requires no knowledge of Greek and should interest students of classical culture and literature in translation.
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: Selected Private SpeechesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 7.32 × 4.84 × 0.59 inPublished:August 30, 1985Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521283736

ISBN - 13:9780521283731


Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; Note on the text; Demosthenes: Selected Private Speeches: 54. Against Conon; 37. Against Pantaenetus; 39. Against Boeotus; 56. Against Dionysodorus; Commentary; Index.