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    Aeschines: Against Timarchos (Clarendon Ancient History) (Paperback) By (author) Aeschines, Volume editor Nick Fisher

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    DescriptionThis is the first commentary in any language on Aeschines' Against Timarchos, the prosecution speech in the politically crucial trial of 346/5BC. The case in essence was that Timarchos was legally ineligible to engage in active politics because he had engaged in improper homosexual relationships in the past and had wasted his inheritance on debauchery. The speech is our most important source for Athenian legal sanctions and moral attitudes concerning same-sex relations, and has been the focus of intense recent debates on the nature of Greek sexualities and on the relationship between sex, politics, and cultural life. It illuminates Athenian politics at the time when Athens faced the challenge to her independence from Philip of Macedon. It is a rhetorical masterpiece of misrepresentation, which persuaded the jury to convict Timarchos despite the fact that Aeschines had virtually no evidence of his misdeeds. This book provides a new translation, a full introduction, and a commentary, all accessible to those without knowledge of Greek. The introduction explores the main issues of the case, including Aeschines' career, Athenian laws and attitudes relating to homosexual relations, and the reasons for Aeschines' success: it is suggested that the verdict reflects the same moral and cultural unease in Athens which was shortly to produce the attempts at political, social, and cultural renewal associated with the age of Lycurgus. The fully documented commentary pays attention to the rhetorical strategy of the speech, explores important aspects of the language used, especially in relation to the moral denunciation of Timarchos' sexual and other malpractices, and explains all references to historical events and people.


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    Title
    Aeschines
    Subtitle
    Against Timarchos
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Aeschines, Volume editor Nick Fisher
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 217 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 568 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199241569
    ISBN 10: 0199241562
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: POL
    BIC subject category V2: DNF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.4
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: JPV
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
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    BIC subject category V2: JFSK2
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    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE, CULT/MEDITR
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030, LIT004190
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA, 1QDAG
    DC22: 885.01
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 885.01
    Thema V1.0: DNL, JPV, NHG, JBSJ
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Clarendon Press
    Publication date
    30 August 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Nick Fisher is Reader in Ancient History at Cardiff University.
    Review quote
    Fisher provides an invaluable historical commentary and an extensive introduction, which summarizes much of the recent scholarship on Aeschines and Greek homosexuality ... I highly recommend Fisher's commentary for professional scholars, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. Classical World