Isaeus by Michael EdwardsIsaeus by Michael Edwards


Translated byMichael EdwardsIntroduction byMichael Edwards

Paperback | August 1, 2007

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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.

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

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:029271646X

ISBN - 13:9780292716469


Table of Contents

  • Series Editor's Preface (Michael Gagarin)
  • Translator's Preface (Michael Edwards)
  • Series Introduction (Michael Gagarin)
    • Oratory in Classical Athens
    • The Orators
    • The Works of the Orators
    • Government and Law in Classical Athens
    • The Translation of Greek Oratory
    • Abbreviations
    • Note on Currency
    • Bibliography of Works Cited
  • ISAEUS (Michael Edwards)
    • Introduction
      • Life
      • Works
      • Style and Method
      • Isaeus' Modern Reputation
      • The Family, Property, and Athenian Inheritance Law
      • The Text
      • Further Reading
    • 1. On the Estate of Cleonymus
    • 2. On the Estate of Menecles
    • 3. On the Estate of Pyrrhus
    • 4. On the Estate of Nicostratus: Supplementary Speech
    • 5. On the Estate of Dicaeogenes
    • 6. On the Estate of Philoctemon
    • 7. On the Estate of Apollodorus
    • 8. On the Estate of Ciron
    • 9. On the Estate of Astyphilus
    • 10. Against Xenaenetus on the Estate of Aristarchus
    • 11. On the Estate of Hagnias
    • 12. On Behalf of Euphiletus
  • Lost Speeches and Fragments
  • Appendix
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"Overall, this is an excellent translation, equipped with very useful notes." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review - 20080109