The First Philippic and the Olynthiacs of Demosthenes

The First Philippic and the Olynthiacs of Demosthenes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...Chares; and a similar force under Charidemus. But all that we learn of Ohares and Charidemus relates to acts of extortion and insolence rather than of military success. Afterwards, in response to a final and more urgent appeal from Olynthus, a citizen-force was sent under the command of Chares. The efibrts made by Athens in the latter part of the Olynthian war must have been considerable. We are told by Demosthenes (19 266) that Athens had sent to the aid of Olynthus 4000 citizens, 10,000 mercenaries, and 50 triremes. After capturing and devastating the 32 cities of the Ghalcidic confederation, Philip marched against Olynthus itself. On arriving within 40 furlongs of the city he sent a summons intimating that either the inhabitants must evacuate the city or he must leave Macedonia (9 11). They resolved on defending themselves to the last. Many of the Athenian citizens of the latest reinforcement were still within their walls (Aeschin. 2 15); but Athens sent no further aid. At length the partisans of Philip brought about the banishment of their principal opponent, Apollonides, and treasonably surrendered the city. In an engagement near the walls done of these partisans betrayed his force of 500 horsemen into the hands of the invaders (9 56; 19 267). In the latter part of 348, all the Olynthians, men, women and children, were sold into slavery. The city was destroyed, together with the 32 Ohalcidic towns including Apollonia and Stageira: five years afterwards their very sites were scarcely discernible (9 26). Grants of productive and valuable farms are said to have been afterwards made by Philip to Athenian partisans, such as Aeschines and Philocrates (19 145); but the traitors who had sold...show more

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