Speeches from Athenian Law

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This is the sixteenth volume in the Oratory of Classical Greece. This series presents all of the surviving speeches from the late fifth and fourth centuries BC 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, law and legal procedure, and other aspects of Athenian culture that have recently been attracting particular interest: women and family life, slavery, and religion, to name just a few.

This volume assembles twenty-two speeches previously published in the Oratory series. The speeches are taken from a wide range of different kinds of cases—homicide, assault, commercial law, civic status, sexual offenses, and others—and include many of the best-known speeches in these areas. They are Antiphon, Speeches 1, 2, 5, and 6; Lysias 1, 3, 23, 24, and 32; Isocrates 17, 20; Isaeus 1, 7, 8; Hyperides 3; Demosthenes 27, 35, 54, 55, 57, and 59; and Aeschines 1. The volume is intended primarily for use in teaching courses in Greek law or related areas such as Greek history. It also provides the introductions and notes that originally accompanied the individual speeches, revised slightly to shift the focus onto law.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292726383
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL GAGARIN is James R. Dougherty, Jr. Centennial Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin and series editor of the Oratory of Classical Greece.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Note on Abbreviations, Currency, and Dates
Introduction. Oratory and Law at Athens

I. Homicide and Assault
Antiphon 2. First Tetralogy, trans. Michael Gagarin
Antiphon 6. On the Chorus Boy, trans. Michael Gagarin
Antiphon 1. Against the Stepmother, trans. Michael Gagarin
Antiphon 5. On the Murder of Herodes, trans. Michael Gagarin
Lysias 1. On the Death of Eratosthenes, trans. S. C. Todd
Demosthenes 54. Against Conon, trans. Victor Bers
Lysias 3. Against Simon, trans. S. C. Todd
Isocrates 20. Against Lochites, trans. David Mirhady

II. Status and Citizenship
Demosthenes 57. Appeal Against Eubulides, trans. Victor Bers
Lysias 23. Against Pancleon, trans. S. C. Todd
Demosthenes 59. Against Neaera, trans. Victor Bers
Aeschines 1. Against Timarchus, trans. Chris Carey

III. Family and Property
Isaeus 1. On the Estate of Cleonymus, trans. Michael Edwards
Isaeus 7. On the Estate of Apollodorus, trans. Michael Edwards
Isaeus 8. On the Estate of Ciron, trans. Michael Edwards
Lysias 32. Against Diogeiton, trans. S. C. Todd
Demosthenes 27. Against Aphobus I, trans. Douglas MacDowell

IV. Commerce and the Economy
Demosthenes 55. Against Callicles, trans. Victor Bers
Hyperides 3. Against Athenogenes trans. Craig Cooper
Lysias 24. For the Disabled Man, trans. S. C. Todd
Isocrates 17. Trapeziticus, trans. David Mirhady
Demosthenes 35. Against Lacritus, trans. Douglas MacDowell


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