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Aeschines and Athenian Politics - Edward M. Harris

Aeschines and Athenian Politics

Hardcover Published: 16th February 1995
ISBN: 9780195082852
Number Of Pages: 248

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Filling a major gap in scholarship, this is the first full-length study of the Athenian politician Aeschines. Along with Isocrates, Aeschines was one of the most prominent Athenian politicians who advocated friendly ties with the Macedonian king Philip II. Though overshadowed by his famous rival Demosthenes, Aeschines played a key role in the decisive events that marked the rise of Macedonian power in Greece and formed the transition from the Classical to the Hellenistic period. Three long speeches by Aeschines, all delivered in court battles with his opponent Demosthenes, have been preserved and provide us with valuable information about Athenian politics during a major turning point in Greek history. This study of Aeschines' political career examines the reliability of court speeches as historical evidence and shows how they help reveal how democratic institutions actually functioned in Athens when faced with the rise of Macedonian power.

"A significant contribution to the scholarship of mid to late fourth-century Athens."--American Historical Review "All scholars of Macedonia or Athens in the 4th century BCE need to consult this book."--Choice "This book is a valuable source for the politics of a turning point in Athenian history. Dense but not dull, the discussion always includes the appropriate background to a topic and is therefore useful at a general level. In the consistent testing and evaluation of evidence from forensic rhetoric, the specialist will also find rewards."--New England Classical Journal "Edward Harris has established a portrait of Aeschines that is credible yet sensitive, and allows the man to emerge from the oratory."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review "A significant contribution to the scholarship of mid to late fourth-century Athens."--American Historical Review "All scholars of Macedonia or Athens in the 4th century BCE need to consult this book."--Choice "This book is a valuable source for the politics of a turning point in Athenian history. Dense but not dull, the discussion always includes the appropriate background to a topic and is therefore useful at a general level. In the consistent testing and evaluation of evidence from forensic rhetoric, the specialist will also find rewards."--New England Classical Journal "Edward Harris has established a portrait of Aeschines that is credible yet sensitive, and allows the man to emerge from the oratory."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 3
Whom to Believe?p. 7
Family, Early Career, and Start in Politicsp. 17
Getting to Know Philipp. 41
Peace at Lastp. 63
The End of the Third Sacred Warp. 78
Entre Deux Guerresp. 107
Decline and Exitp. 124
Conclusionp. 149
Was Aeschines Ever an Associate of Aristophon?p. 155
the Chronology of the Olynthus Campaigns and Philip's Peace Offersp. 156
Athenian Embassies to the Greeks Between 348 and 346p. 158
When Did the Spondophoroi Report the Phocian Refusal?p. 162
the Thracian Fortressesp. 165
the Date of Philocrates' Speech in Favor of Peace with Philipp. 166
Aeschines and the Third Embassyp. 167
the Chronology of Events from 344 to 340p. 169
the Legal Grounds for Aeschines' Objection to Antiphon's Arrestp. 172
Two Recent Views of Aeschines' Prosecution of Ctesiphon in 330p. 173
Philip's Relationship with the Thessaliansp. 175
Notesp. 177
Referencesp. 217
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780195082852
ISBN-10: 0195082850
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 16th February 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 16.1  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.53