Aeschines (The Oratory of Classical Greece Series)

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Overview

This is the third volume in the Oratory of Classical Greece series. Planned for publication over several years, the series will present all of the surviving speeches from the late fifth and fourth centuries B.C. 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, and other aspects of Athenian culture that have been largely ignored: women and family life, slavery, and religion, to name just a few.

This volume contains the three surviving speeches of Aeschines (390-? B.C.). His speeches all revolve around political developments in Athens during the second half of the fourth century B.C. and reflect the internal political rivalries in an Athens overshadowed by the growing power of Macedonia in the north. The first speech was delivered when Aeschines successfully prosecuted Timarchus, a political opponent, for having allegedly prostituted himself as a young man. The other two speeches were delivered in the context of Aeschines' long-running political feud with Demosthenes. As a group, the speeches provide important information on Athenian law and politics, Demosthenes and his career, sexuality and social history, and the historical rivalry between Athens and Macedonia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292712232
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Oratory of Classical Greece Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface (Michael Gagarin)
Translator's Preface (Chris Carey)
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 Abbreviations
Note on Currency
Bibliography of Works Cited

AESCHINES (Chris Carey)

Introduction: The Life and Times of Aeschines
The Times
Aeschines' Life
Note on the Text
Further Reading

1. Against Timarchus
2. On the Embassy
3. Against Ctesiphon
Index

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