Publication Year: 2000
Published by: University of Texas Press
Series: The Oratory of Classical Greece
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SERIES EDITOR’S PREFACE
This is the third volume in a series of translations of The Oratory of Classical Greece. The aim of the series is to make available primarily for those who do not read Greek up-to-date, accurate, and readable translations with introductions and explanatory notes of all the surviving works and major fragments...
The present volume has benefitted enormously from the aid of several colleagues and friends. Two debts in particular need to be acknowledged. The series editor, Michael Gagarin, offered countless corrections and improvements, and his guidance has made its presence felt on every page, especially in the area of idiom, where his intervention has resulted in a more fluent version; in almost...
SERIES INTRODUCTION: Greek Oratory
From as early as Homer (and undoubtedly much earlier) the Greeks placed a high value on effective speaking. Even Achilles, whose greatness was primarily established on the battlefield, was brought up to be "a speaker of words and a doer of deeds'' (Iliad 9.443); and Athenian leaders of the sixth and fifth centuries,1 such as Solon, Themistocles, and Pericles, were...
AESCHINES: Translated with introduction by Chris Carey
INTRODUCTION: The Life and Times of Aeschines
To the modern reader at least, the fifth century, for all its intellectual turmoil, looks like an age of political certainty. For much of the century, in a way familiar to anyone whose horizons were formed by the world between the Second World War and the fall of the European communist regimes, the Greek...
1. AGAINST TIMARCHUS
Although there was majority support for the conclusion of peace in 346, there remained elements in the city implacably and explicitly opposed either to the idea of peace with Macedonia or to the terms of the Peace of Philocrates. There were others, like Demosthenes, who saw the peace as a necessary but temporary...
2. ON THE EMBASSY
With the exception of Demosthenes, those who negotiated the Peace of Philocrates had high hopes of its potential benefits. In the event, their expectations were disappointed. The peace released Athens from a war of which the population was tired, but it brought no tangible benefits. The vague promises...
3. AGAINST CTESIPHON
By the time Aeschines and Demosthenes faced each other in court again, their positions had to a large extent been reversed. Demosthenes' influence had increased, partly because those who had argued most vigorously for peace in 346 had been unable to demonstrate any tangible benefit, whereas those who...