Selected Speeches by Demosthenes

Selected Speeches


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"Even if everyone else succumbs to slavery, we must still fight for our freedom."Admired by many in the ancient world as the greatest of the classic Athenian orators, Demosthenes was intimately involved in the political events of his day. As well as showing a master orator at work, his speeches are a prime source for the history of the period, when Athens was engaged in a doomedstruggle against the rising power of Macedon under the brilliant father and son, Philip and Alexander. Demosthenes wrote for the courts, both for political trials in which he was involved and for other cases in which he acted as ghost-writer for plaintiff or defendant, and his lawcourt speeches givean unrivalled glimpse of the daily life of ancient Athens. He also played a central role in education in Greece and Rome from the Hellenistic period onward, and was imitated by the greatest of Roman orators, Cicero.This selection includes the fullest range of Demosthenes' speeches, for trials both public and private and for the assembly, in a single volume.

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Robin Waterfield was a university lecturer and publisher before becoming a full time writer. His translations for Oxford World's Classics include Plato's Republic and five other editions of Plato's dialogues, Herodotus, Plutarch, two volumes of Euripides' plays, Xenophon's The Expedition of Cyrus and The First Philosophers: The Presocr...
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Title:Selected SpeechesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0 inPublished:May 23, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199593779

ISBN - 13:9780199593774

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IntroductionTranslator's NoteSelect BibliographyChronologyDeliberative Speeches1. First Olynthiac2. Second Olynthiac3. Third Olynthiac4. First Philippic5. On the Peace8. On the situation in the Chersonese9. Third PhilippicTrials in Public Cases18. On the Crown19. A Case of Ambassadorial Misconduct21. Against Meidias, on the Punch23. Against Aristocrates59. Apollodorus, Against NeaeraPrivate and Ghost-written Speeches27. First Speech against Aphobus, on Trusteeship28. Second Speech against Aphobus, on Trusteeship35. Against Lacritus36. For Phormion, a Counter-Plea39. First Speech against Boeotus, on the Name54. Against Conon55. Against CalliclesExplanatory NotesTextual NotesGlossaryIndex of Proper Names