This book is a study of a colourful Athenian Politician of the fourth century BC, Apollodoros the son of Pasion. It provides the first full-length treatment of his career and of the seven law-court speeches he delivered, which have come down to us attributed - wrongly - to the famous orator Demosthenes. These speeches, which are our main source of information about Apollodoros, not only tell us about his political career but also illuminate Athenian banking and social attitudes, since his father had risen from servile origins to become a very wealthy banker and, ultimately, an Athenian citizen. Dr Trevett also considers the authenticity, style, and rhetorical technique of the speeches, and argues conclusively that they were all written by the same author, who was probably Apollodoros himself. At the same time, he shows that the speeches were composed with considerably more skill than has generally been recognized.
`Occasionally a book appears that does fill the proverbial "gap in the scholarly literature." Trevett's study ... is such a work ... In six clearly written and lucidly argued chapters, Trevett not only establishes that Apollodorus was probably the author of these speeches but also uses them as the basis for an illuminating study of Apollodorus and his family during the first half of the fourth century ... An important contribution to Greek literary and
social history that belongs in the library of all universities and colleges.'
'Occasionally a book appears that does fill the proverbial "gap in the scholarly literature". Trevett's study, a revised version of his PhD thesis, is such a work. In six clearly written and lucidly argued chapters. Trevett not only establishes that Apollodorus was probably the author of these speeches but also uses them as the basis for an illuminating study of Apollodorus and his family during the first half of the fourth century. An important
contribution to Greek literary and social history that belongs in the library of all universities and colleges.'
S.M. Burstein, California State University, Los Angeles, Choice, May '93
'Trevett takes a balanced view of both faults and virtues.'
Greece and Rome, October 1993
'The "aim of the Oxford Classical Monographs series is to publish outstanding theses," and in T's case the aim has been splendidly achieved. The merits of this compact volume are considerable: evern more importantly, it demonstrates the potential rewards of assaying a doctoral topic of some breadth, it demonstrates the potential rewards of assaying a doctoral topic of some breadth, and of vindicating that choice by careful and discerning scholarship ... a
volume from which all students of fourth-century Athens will benefit.'
Edward Cohen, Bryn Mawr Clasical Review 4.5 (1993)
'The scholarship and technical analyses have admirable detail; professional classicists, whether of literary or historical bent, will find much of value.'
C. Robert Phillips III, Lehigh University, Religious Studies Review, Volume 20, Number 1/January 1994
'The book of T. responds to the need for a full-scale presentation of the life and works of Apollodorus. T. is well informed, the material well presented and the book useful.'
K. Kapparis, The Classical Review, Vol. XLIII, No. 2, 1993
'Trevett's study will be widely welcomed not only for its skillful analysis of Apollodoros's oratory but also for its searching examination of how a new Athenian could (and sometimes could not) assimilate with the old.'
Lawrence A Tritle, American Historical Review, February 1994
`Trevett has explored, with commendable skill, a range of questions about Apollodoros, to whom no extended study had previously been devoted ... This is a very successful work ... this careful and judicious book illuminates in turn different aspects of fourth-century Athenian society and culture.'
1: A History of the Family of Pasion
2: The Speeches of Apollodoros, I: Authorship
3: The Speeches, II: Form, Function, and Style
4: The Speeches, III: Education and Intellectual Background
5: The Political Career of Apollodoros
6: Pasion, Apollodoros, and Athenian Society
Appendix: The Authenticity of the Documents in the Speeches of Apollodoros