Demosthenes, Speeches 60 and 61, Prologues, Letters

Demosthenes, Speeches 60 and 61, Prologues, Letters

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This is the tenth volume in the Oratory of Classical Greece. This series presents all of the surviving speeches from the late fifth and fourth centuries BC in new translations prepared by classical scholars who are at the forefront of the discipline. These translations are especially designed for the needs and interests of today's undergraduates, Greekless scholars in other disciplines, and the general public.

Classical oratory is an invaluable resource for the study of ancient Greek life and culture. The speeches offer evidence on Greek moral views, social and economic conditions, political and social ideology, law and legal procedure, and other aspects of Athenian culture that have recently been attracting particular interest: women and family life, slavery, and religion, to name just a few.

Demosthenes is regarded as the greatest orator of classical antiquity. This volume contains his Funeral Oration (Speech 60) for those who died in the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC, in which Philip of Macedonia secured his dominance over Greece, as well as the so-called Erotic Essay (Speech 61), a rhetorical exercise in which the speaker eulogizes the youth Epicrates for his looks and physical prowess and encourages him to study philosophy in order to become a virtuous and morally upright citizen. The volume also includes fifty-six prologues (the openings to political speeches to the Athenian Assembly) and six letters apparently written during the orator's exile from Athens. Because so little literature survives from the 330s and 320s BC, these works provide valuable insights into Athenian culture and politics of that era.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 13mm | 336g
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • 0292713320
  • 9780292713321
  • 1,641,570

Table of contents

Series Editor's Preface (Michael Gagarin)

Translator's Acknowledgments (Ian Worthington)
Speech Numbers and Titles
Series Introduction (Michael Gagarin)
Oratory in Classical Athens
The Orators
The Works of the Orators
Government and Law in Classical Athens
The Translation of Greek Oratory
Note on Currency
Bibliography of Works Cited

Introduction to Demosthenes (Michael Gagarin)


Introduction to This Volume (Ian Worthington)

The Works in This Volume
Historical Background to the Funeral Oration and Letters
The Prologues and the Erotic Essay
Note on the Text

Demosthenes (Ian Worthington)

60. Funeral Oration
61. Erotic Essay
Letters 1-6

Bibliography for This Volume
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About Ian Worthington

Ian Worthington holds the Frederick A. Middlebush Chair in History at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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