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Aeschines by Chris Carey

By Chris Carey

This is often the 3rd quantity within the Oratory of Classical Greece sequence. deliberate for ebook over numerous years, the sequence will current the entire surviving speeches from the past due 5th and fourth centuries B.C. in new translations ready through classical students who're on the leading edge of the self-discipline. those translations are specially designed for the desires and pursuits of today's undergraduates, Greekless students in different disciplines, and the overall public.

Classical oratory is a useful source for the learn of historic Greek existence and tradition. The speeches provide proof on Greek ethical perspectives, social and monetary stipulations, political and social ideology, and different elements of Athenian tradition which have been principally missed: girls and relatives lifestyles, slavery, and faith, to call quite a few.

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286 –287) that he was the proposer of a decree making it illegal to export weapons or naval supplies to Philip. 1 1. against timarchus 19 Timarchus had had a scandalous youth. The speech can be dated to 346/5, though it is difficult to fix the date more precisely. Despite the factual (though not rhetorical) weakness of the speech, which is ultimately no more than a sustained attempt to throw sand in the eyes of the jurors, Aeschines won the case and Timarchus was disfranchised (Dem. 257, 284). Though Demosthenes was later (in 343) to treat Timarchus as an object of pity, the reader should bear in mind that it was Timarchus who picked the fight.

This does not mean that Aeschines had not been involved in any political litigation, since (as my colleague Lene Rubinstein notes) he could have acted as a supporting speaker. 5 The Greek uses the verb sykophantein, derived from the noun sykophante¯s. ’’ It is used of individuals who exploit the legal system unfairly for advantage or profit, by bringing accusations where the law offered rewards, by bringing suits designed to extract damages, by blackmailing the innocent (or the guilty) with the threat of prosecution, or by hiring themselves out as prosecutors (for instance, to intimidate or discredit a man’s enemy).

Errington, R. M. 1990. A History of Macedonia. Berkeley, Calif. A compact history of Macedonia. , and E. S. Shuckburgh. 1890. Aeschines in Ctesiphonta. London and New York. A Greek text of Aeschines 3 with detailed commentary. Out of date on historical and textual issues, but still containing much useful information for the reader with some Greek. Gwatkin, W. E. 1957. ’’ Hesperia 26: 129 –141. 16 aeschines Halperin, D. 1990. One Hundred Years of Homosexuality. London and New York. A collection of essays dealing with aspects of sexuality in ancient Greece, devoted largely but not exclusively to homosexuality.

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