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Demosthenes, Speeches 60 and 61, Prologues, Letters

9780292713321: Paperback
Release Date: 1st December 2006

Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 180

Series The Oratory of Classical Greece

University of Texas Press

Demosthenes, Speeches 60 and 61, Prologues, Letters

Translated by
Ian Worthington

Paperback / £15.99

This is the tenth 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.

Demosthenes is regarded as the greatest orator of classical antiquity. This volume contains his Funeral Oration (Speech 60) for those who died in the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC, in which Philip of Macedonia secured his dominance over Greece, as well as the so-called Erotic Essay (Speech 61), a rhetorical exercise in which the speaker eulogizes the youth Epicrates for his looks and physical prowess and encourages him to study philosophy in order to become a virtuous and morally upright citizen. The volume also includes fifty-six prologues (the openings to political speeches to the Athenian Assembly) and six letters apparently written during the orator's exile from Athens. Because so little literature survives from the 330s and 320s BC, these works provide valuable insights into Athenian culture and politics of that era.

  • Series Editor's Preface (Michael Gagarin)
    • Translator's Acknowledgments (Ian Worthington)
    • Speech Numbers and Titles
    • 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
  • Introduction to Demosthenes (Michael Gagarin)
    • Life
    • Works
    • Style
    • Significance
  • Introduction to This Volume (Ian Worthington)
    • The Works in This Volume
    • Historical Background to the Funeral Oration and Letters
    • The Prologues and the Erotic Essay
    • Note on the Text
  • Demosthenes (Ian Worthington)
    • 60. Funeral Oration
    • 61. Erotic Essay
    • Prologues
    • Letters 1-6
  • Bibliography for This Volume
  • Index

Ian Worthington holds the Frederick A. Middlebush Chair in History at the University of Missouri-Columbia.