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Aeschines and Athenian Politics

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Filling a major gap in scholarship, this is the first full-length study of the Athenian politician Aeschines. Along with Isocrates, Aeschines was one of the most prominent Athenian politicians who advocated friendly ties with the Macedonian king Philip II. Though overshadowed by his famous rival Demosthenes, Aeschines played a key role in the decisive events that marked the rise of Macedonian power in Greece and formed the transition from the Classical to the Hellenistic period. Three long speeches by Aeschines, ...

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Overview

Filling a major gap in scholarship, this is the first full-length study of the Athenian politician Aeschines. Along with Isocrates, Aeschines was one of the most prominent Athenian politicians who advocated friendly ties with the Macedonian king Philip II. Though overshadowed by his famous rival Demosthenes, Aeschines played a key role in the decisive events that marked the rise of Macedonian power in Greece and formed the transition from the Classical to the Hellenistic period. Three long speeches by Aeschines, all delivered in court battles with his opponent Demosthenes, have been preserved and provide us with valuable information about Athenian politics during a major turning point in Greek history. This study of Aeschines' political career examines the reliability of court speeches as historical evidence and shows how they help reveal how democratic institutions actually functioned in Athens when faced with the rise of Macedonian power.

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"A significant contribution to the scholarship of mid to late fourth-century Athens."—American Historical Review

"All scholars of Macedonia or Athens in the 4th century BCE need to consult this book."—Choice

"This book is a valuable source for the politics of a turning point in Athenian history. Dense but not dull, the discussion always includes the appropriate background to a topic and is therefore useful at a general level. In the consistent testing and evaluation of evidence from forensic rhetoric, the specialist will also find rewards."—New England Classical Journal

"Edward Harris has established a portrait of Aeschines that is credible yet sensitive, and allows the man to emerge from the oratory."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195082852
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Pages: 248
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Whom to Believe? 7
2 Family, Early Career, and Start in Politics 17
Family Background 21
Early Career 29
Aeschines' Entry into Politics 33
3 Getting to Know Philip 41
Athens and Macedon to 348 41
The Decision to Begin Negotiations with Philip 50
The First Embassy 57
4 Peace at Last 63
The First Embassy Returns to Athens 63
The Meetings of the Assembly on Elaphebolion 18, 19, and 25 70
5 The End of the Third Sacred War 78
The Second Embassy 78
The Meeting of the Council after the Return of the Second Embassy and the Meeting of the Assembly on Skirophorion 16 89
The Surrender of Phocis 95
The Prosecution of Timarchus 101
6 Entre Deux Guerres 107
7 Decline and Exit 124
From the Siege of Byzantium to the Defeat at Chaeronea 124
Waiting for the Final Performance 138
8 Conclusion 149
App. 1: Was Aeschines Ever an Associate of Aristophon? 155
App. 2: The Chronology of the Olynthus Campaigns and Philip's Peace Offers 156
App. 3: Athenian Embassies to the Greeks Between 348 and 346 158
App. 4: When Did the Spondophoroi Report the Phocian Refusal? 162
App. 5: The Thracian Fortresses 165
App. 6: The Date of Philocrates' Speech in Favor of Peace with Philip 166
App. 7: Aeschines and the Third Embassy 167
App. 8: The Chronology of Events from 344 to 340 169
App. 9: The Legal Grounds for Aeschines' Objection to Antiphon's Arrest 172
App. 10: Two Recent Views of Aeschines' Prosecution of Ctesiphon in 330 173
App. 11: Philip's Relationship with the Thessalians 175
Notes 177
References 217
Index 225
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