Greek Orators IV: Andocides

BookGreek Orators IV: Andocides

Greek Orators IV: Andocides

Aris & Phillips Classical Texts


February 1st, 1995



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Rational persuasion and appeal to an audience's emotions are elements of most literature, but they are found in their purest form in oratory. The speeches written by the Greek Orators for delivery in law-courts, deliberative councils and assemblies enjoyed an honoured literary status, and rightly so, for the best of them have great vitality. There is no crude, primitive stage of development: the earliest speeches are perfect in form and highly sophisticated in technique. They inform the reader about aspects of Greek society and about their moral values, in a direct and illuminating way not paralleled in other literature. Text with translation, commentary and notes.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
The manuscript and text
Introduction 1: On the mysteries
Text and translation
Introduction 2 On his return
Text and translation
Introduction 3: On the peace with the Spartans
text and translation
Introduction 4: Against Alcibiades
Apparatus Criticus
Appendix A: The family of Andocides
Appendix B: The family of Callias
Appendix C: The language and style of the against Alcibiades