Greek Orators V: Demosthenes - On the crown

S. Usher

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ISBN: 9780856685347

Publication: January 1, 1993

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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Universally recognised as the greatest speech by the finest of the Attic Orators, On the Crown is Demosthenes' vindication of his lifelong devotion to Athenian primacy among the Greek states and opposition to the advance of Philip II of Macedon. He won the case, and his opponent Aeschines went into exile. By their verdict, the Athenian jury agreed that his fight for Greek freedom was worthy of their city's traditions, in spite of military failure. Demosthenes defends himself and attacks his enemies on a broad front. Rhetorical skills, refined over thirty years, are concentrated in this final performance skills of argument, narrative, invective and patriotic oratory deployed in a style rich in imagery, yet foreceful and persuasive. This edition is the first to combine text, translation, and full commentary. The latter deals with historical, political and legal matters on an equal footing with those of rhetoric and style, as in previous volumes by the present author. Greek text with facing-page translation, introduction and commentary. 208p (Aris and Phillips 1993)

Preface INTRODUCTION Demosthenes' life Early life Ascent and decline The last years Background to the trial The case against Ctesiphon Ordo Homericus Demosthenes' style ON THE CROWN Text and translation The Text and apparatus criticus COMMENTARY

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 149 mm

208 Pages

ISBN: 9780856685347

Publication: January 1, 1993

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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