This text is a commentary in the original Greek, with an introductory essay, notes, a complete vocabulary and an introduction to how to use the resources in the Perseus Digital Library. The speeches in this text show the best and worst of Classical Athens, from tawdry affairs aired in the law courts to Athens' heroic self-image portrayed in the funeral Oration, including "On the Murder of Eratosthenes," "Funeral Oration," "Defense Against Simon," "On a Wound by Premeditation," and "On the Refusal of a Pension."
Jeffrey Rydberg-Cox is Professor in the Department of English, Director of the Classical and Ancient Studies program and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the European Commission, and the National Library of Medicine. He is the author of two books and more than thirty articles, and is currently working on a book about films that represent Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. He is a member of a team based at Cambridge University that is writing a new intermediate-level Greek lexicon.