This is the fourteenth volume in the Oratory of Classical
Greece. This series presents all of the surviving speeches from the
late fifth and fourth centuries BC in new translations prepared by
classical scholars who are at the forefront of the discipline.
These translations are especially designed for the needs and
interests of today's undergraduates, Greekless scholars in other
disciplines, and the general public.
Classical oratory is an invaluable resource for the study of
ancient Greek life and culture. The speeches offer evidence on
Greek moral views, social and economic conditions, political and
social ideology, law and legal procedure, and other aspects of
Athenian culture that have recently been attracting particular
interest: women and family life, slavery, and religion, to name
just a few.
This volume contains translations of all the surviving
deliberative speeches of Demosthenes (plus two that are almost
certainly not his, although they have been passed down as part of
his corpus), as well as the text of a letter from Philip of Macedon
to the Athenians. All of the speeches were purportedly written to
be delivered to the Athenian assembly and are in fact almost the
only examples in Attic oratory of the genre of deliberative
oratory. In the Olynthiac and Philippic speeches, Demosthenes
identifies the Macedonian king Philip as a major threat to Athens
and urges direct action against him. The Philippic speeches later
inspired the Roman orator Cicero in his own attacks against Mark
Antony, and became one of Demosthenes' claims to fame throughout
Subjects: Language & Literature
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