Isaeus by Michael Edwards


Translated byMichael EdwardsIntroduction byMichael Edwards

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This is the eleventh 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.

The orator Isaeus lived during the fourth century BC and was said to be the teacher of Demosthenes, Athens' most famous orator. Of the fifty or more speeches he is believed to have written, eleven survive in whole, one as a large fragment, and others as smaller fragments. This volume presents all the surviving works of Isaeus. The speeches mainly deal with inheritances and are a vital source of information regarding Greek law in this important area. In addition to translating the speeches, Michael Edwards provides a general introduction to Isaeus and Athenian inheritance law, as well as specific introductions and notes for each speech.

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MICHAEL EDWARDS is Professor of Classics at Queen Mary, University of London.
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Title:IsaeusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:263 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 1, 2007Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029271646X

ISBN - 13:9780292716469

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface (Michael Gagarin)Translator's Preface (Michael Edwards)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 CitedISAEUS (Michael Edwards)IntroductionLifeWorksStyle and MethodIsaeus' Modern ReputationThe Family, Property, and Athenian Inheritance LawThe TextFurther Reading1. On the Estate of Cleonymus2. On the Estate of Menecles3. On the Estate of Pyrrhus4. On the Estate of Nicostratus: Supplementary Speech5. On the Estate of Dicaeogenes6. On the Estate of Philoctemon7. On the Estate of Apollodorus8. On the Estate of Ciron9. On the Estate of Astyphilus10. Against Xenaenetus on the Estate of Aristarchus11. On the Estate of Hagnias12. On Behalf of EuphiletusLost Speeches and FragmentsAppendixIndex

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Overall, this is an excellent translation, equipped with very useful notes. - Deborah Kamen