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Selected Speeches : World's Classics -  Demosthenes

Selected Speeches

World's Classics

Paperback Published: 8th May 2014
ISBN: 9780199593774
Number Of Pages: 480

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'Even if everyone else succumbs to slavery, we must still fight for our freedom.'

Admired by many in the ancient world as the greatest of the classic Athenian orators, Demosthenes was intimately involved in the political events of his day. As well as showing a master orator at work, his speeches are a prime source for the history of the period, when Athens was engaged in a doomed struggle against the rising power of Macedon under the brilliant father and son, Philip and Alexander. Demosthenes wrote for the courts, both for political trials in which he was involved and for other cases in which he acted as ghost-writer for plaintiff or defendant, and his lawcourt speeches give an unrivalled glimpse of the daily life of ancient Athens. He also played a central role in education in Greece and Rome from the Hellenistic period onward, and was imitated by the greatest of Roman orators, Cicero.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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[Demosthenes' speeches] impress with their emotional intensity, brilliance and variety of argument (dishonest or not), irony, forceful imagery, wit and general sense of mastery of the spoken word, in Robin Waterfields fine new translations. * Peter Jones, Classics for All *

Introduction Translator's Note Select Bibliography Chronology Deliberative Speeches 1. First Olynthiac 2. Second Olynthiac 3. Third Olynthiac 4. First Philippic 5. On the Peace 8. On the situation in the Chersonese 9. Third Philippic Trials in Public Cases 18. On the Crown 19. A Case of Ambassadorial Misconduct 21. Against Meidias, on the Punch 23. Against Aristocrates 59. Apollodorus, Against Neaera Private and Ghost-written Speeches 27. First Speech against Aphobus, on Trusteeship 28. Second Speech against Aphobus, on Trusteeship 35. Against Lacritus 36. For Phormion, a Counter-Plea 39. First Speech against Boeotus, on the Name 54. Against Conon 55. Against Callicles Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Glossary Index of Proper Names

ISBN: 9780199593774
ISBN-10: 0199593779
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 8th May 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.36

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