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Demosthenes'
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Demosthenes’ speech On the Crown (330 B.C.E.), in which the master orator spectacularly defended his public career, has long been recognized as a masterpiece. The speech has been in continuous circulation from Demosthenes’ lifetime to the present day, and multiple generations have acclaimed it as the greatest speech ever written. In addition to a clear and accessible translation, Demosthenes’“On the Crown”:Rhetorical Perspectives includes eight essays that provide a thorough analysis—based on Aristotelian principles—of Demosthenes’ superb rhetoric.

The volume includes biographical and historical background on Demosthenes and his political situation; a structural analysis of On the Crown; and an abstract of Aeschines’ speech Against Ctesiphon to which Demosthenes was responding. Four essays by contributors analyze Demosthenes’ speech using key elements of rhetoric defined by Aristotle: ethos, the speaker’s character or authority; pathos, or emotional appeals; logos, or logical appeals; and lexis, a speaker’s style. An introduction and an epilogue by Murphy frame the speech and the rhetorical analysis of it.

By bringing together contextual material about Demosthenes and his speech with a translation and astute rhetorical analyses, Demosthenes’“On the Crown”:Rhetorical Perspectives highlights the oratorical artistry of Demosthenes and provides scholars and students with fresh insights into a landmark speech.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. James J. Murphy
  3. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part One: Demosthenes and His Greatest Speech
  1. 1. Demosthenes and His Times
  2. Lois P. Agnew
  3. pp. 9-35
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  1. 2. Aeschines’ Speech Against Ctesiphon: An Abstract
  2. Donovan J. Ochs
  3. pp. 36-45
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  1. 3. Demosthenes’ Oration On the Crown: A Translation
  2. John J. Keaney
  3. pp. 46-102
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  1. Part Two: Rhetorical Evaluations
  1. 4. A Structural Analysis of the Speech On the Crown
  2. pp. 105-113
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  1. 5. Ēthos in "On the Crown"
  2. David C. Mirhady
  3. pp. 114-129
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  1. 6. Crafting Nostalgia: Pathos in On the Crown
  2. Richard A. Katula
  3. pp. 130-147
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  1. 7. On the Deinos Logos of On the Crown
  2. Jeffrey Walker
  3. pp. 148-173
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  1. 8. Demosthenes’ Style: Lexis in On the Crown
  2. Richard Leo Enos
  3. pp. 174-204
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  1. Epilogue
  2. James J. Murphy
  3. pp. 205-208
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 209-222
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 223-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-232
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  1. Landmarks in Rhetoric and Public Address: Also in this series
  2. p. 233
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  1. Back Cover
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