Aeschines: Against Timarchos

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This is the first commentary in any language on Aeschines' Against Timarchos, the prosecution speech in the politically crucial trial of 346/5BC. The case was that Timarchos was forbidden to hold public office and disenfranchised 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 ...

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Overview

This is the first commentary in any language on Aeschines' Against Timarchos, the prosecution speech in the politically crucial trial of 346/5BC. The case was that Timarchos was forbidden to hold public office and disenfranchised 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198149026
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Clarendon Ancient History Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Fisher is Reader in Ancient History at Cardiff University.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction 1
The Trial and the Characters 2
1 The political background of Timarchos' trial 2
2 The date of the trial 6
3 Aeschines' career to 345 BC 8
4 Timarchos' career 20
5 Demosthenes and the defence 23
The Main Issues 25
6 Homosexual relations in classical Athens 25
7 Homosexual relations and the law 36
8 'Big Timarchian Whores': Aeschines' strategy and its success 53
The Text and the Translation 67
9 Sources of the text 67
10 The documents 68
Translation 71
Commentary 118
Appendix 357
Bibliography 363
Index 385
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