By Chris Carey
This is often the 3rd quantity within the Oratory of Classical Greece sequence. deliberate for ebook over a number of years, the sequence will current the entire surviving speeches from the past due 5th and fourth centuries B.C. in new translations ready through classical students who're on the vanguard of the self-discipline. those translations are specially designed for the wishes and pursuits of modern undergraduates, Greekless students in different disciplines, and most people. Classical oratory is a useful source for the examine of historical Greek lifestyles and tradition. The speeches supply proof on Greek ethical perspectives, social and financial stipulations, political and social ideology, and different points of Athenian tradition which were mostly missed: girls and family members lifestyles, slavery, and faith, to call quite a few. This quantity includes the 3 surviving speeches of Aeschines (390-? B.C.). His speeches all revolve round political advancements in Athens in the course of the moment half the fourth century B.C. and replicate the interior political rivalries in an Athens overshadowed by way of the transforming into energy of Macedonia within the north. the 1st speech used to be added while Aeschines effectively prosecuted Timarchus, a political opponent, for having allegedly prostituted himself as a tender guy. the opposite speeches have been added within the context of Aeschines' long-running political feud with Demosthenes. As a gaggle, the speeches offer vital details on Athenian legislations and politics, the political careers of Aeschines and Demosthenes, sexuality and social background, and the ancient contention among Athens and Macedonia.
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Part of the reason may be a desire for variety. But a more telling reason is the absence of solid proof. To impose on the speech a neat division of the sort recommended by rhetoricians, with separate long sections devoted to narrative and proof, would call attention to the factual weakness. As it is, the emotive power of the narrative is deployed to distract attention from this problem. Given the difficulty of obtaining evidence, it strikes the modern reader as surprising that the prosecution succeeded.
G. , and F. W. Walbank. 1988. A History of Macedonia. Vol. 3. Oxford. Successor to the preceding, which begins with Alexander. Harris, E. 1988. ’’ Classical Philology 83: 211–214. ———. 1994. ’’ In Persuasion: Greek Rhetoric in Action. Edited by I. Worthington. London. Discusses the legal validity of the charges brought by Aeschines in speech 3. ———. 1995. Aeschines and Athenian Politics. Oxford and New York. An account of Aeschines’ life and political career, placed within the historical context, with appendices dealing with particular issues.
Aeschines failed to get one-fifth of the votes cast. The result was both humiliation and (under the rules designed to prevent casual recourse to the courts) a fine of 1,000 drachmas and (probably) loss of the right to bring a similar action again. Since litigation was central to Athenian democratic politics, the latter was a severe blow. Aeschines left Athens and, according to one tradition, taught rhetoric on Rhodes. Unlike Demosthenes, Aeschines never worked as a professional speechwriter for others.
Aeschines (The Oratory of Classical Greece, Vol. 3; Michael Gagarin, by Chris Carey