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Demosthenes: Selected Political Speeches

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    • Date Published: August 2019
    • availability: Available
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107610842

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    • Demosthenes, as an emerging political leader in fourth-century Athens, delivered a series of fiery speeches to the citizens in the democratic Assembly, attacking the Macedonian king Philip II as an aggressive imperialist bent on destroying the city's independence. This volume presents the Greek text of five of these speeches with full introduction and detailed commentary. They show how the foremost politician of the day argued his case before the people who made policy decisions in the Assembly, and how he eventually persuaded them to support his doomed militaristic position in preference to the more pragmatic stance of accommodation advocated by his political opponents. These speeches are unique sources for the ideology and political history of this crucial period, and the best specimens of persuasive rhetoric in action from democratic Athens. This edition takes account of recent studies of fourth-century Athens and showcases Demosthenes as a master of Greek prose style.

      • Contextualizes these important speeches within their political, legal, and historical contexts
      • Pays close attention to the minutiae of grammar, helping to guide students and instructors in their understanding of the Greek
      • Discusses rhetorical technique in depth so that students and instructors learn to read the speeches as a genre with its own rules and style
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      Product details

      • Date Published: August 2019
      • format: Paperback
      • isbn: 9781107610842
      • length: 306 pages
      • dimensions: 215 x 139 x 15 mm
      • weight: 0.44kg
      • contains: 1 map
      • availability: Available
    • Table of Contents

      1. Historical background
      2. Assembly speeches
      3. Language and style
      4. Publication
      5. The afterlife of the speeches
      6. The text:
      First Olynthiac
      Second Olynthiac
      Third Olynthiac
      First Philippic
      Third Philippic.

    • Editor (Introduction and Notes)

      Judson Herrman, Allegheny College, Pennsylvania
      Judson Herrman is Frank T. McClure Professor of Greek and Latin and Chair of the History Department at Allegheny College, Pennsylvania. He is the author of two previous books: an annotated collection of translations, The Athenian Funeral Orations (2004), and a critical edition of Hyperides: Funeral Oration (2009), with an extensive introduction and commentary.

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