Demosthenes, Speeches 20-22 by Edward M. Harris

Demosthenes, Speeches 20-22

Translated byEdward M. Harris

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This is the twelfth volume in the Oratory of Classical Greece. This series presents all of the surviving speeches from the late fifth and fourth centuries BC in new translations prepared by classical scholars who are at the forefront of the discipline. These translations are especially designed for the needs and interests of today's undergraduates, Greekless scholars in other disciplines, and the general public.

Classical oratory is an invaluable resource for the study of ancient Greek life and culture. The speeches offer evidence on Greek moral views, social and economic conditions, political and social ideology, law and legal procedure, and other aspects of Athenian culture that have recently been attracting particular interest: women and family life, slavery, and religion, to name just a few.

Demosthenes is regarded as the greatest orator of classical antiquity. This volume contains three important speeches from the earliest years of his political career: Against Leptines, a prosecution brought against a law repealing all exemptions from liturgies; Against Meidias, a prosecution for aggravated insult (hybris) brought against an influential politician; and Against Androtion, an indictment of a decree of honors for the Council of Athens. Edward M. Harris provides contemporary English translations of these speeches, two of which (Leptines and Androtion) have not been translated into English in over sixty years, along with introductions and extensive notes that take account of recent developments in Classical scholarship.

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EDWARD M. HARRIS is Professor of Ancient History at Durham University in Durham, England.

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Title:Demosthenes, Speeches 20-22Format:PaperbackDimensions:245 pages, 8.6 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292717849

ISBN - 13:9780292717848

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Series Editor's Preface (Michael Gagarin)Translator's Acknowledgments (Edward M. Harris)Series Introduction (Michael Gagarin)Oratory in Classical AthensThe OratorsThe Works of the OratorsGovernment and Law in Classical AthensThe Translation of Greek OratoryAbbreviationsNote on CurrencyBibliography of Works CitedIntroduction to Demosthenes (Michael Gagarin)LifeWorksStyleSignificanceIntroduction to This Volume (Edward M. Harris)DEMOSTHENES (Edward M. Harris)20. Against Leptines21. Against Meidias22. Against AndrotionBibliography for this VolumeIndex