Isocrates: De Pace and Philippus

Edited with a Historical Introduction and Commentary by M. L. W. Laistner
Volume: 22
Copyright Date: 1927
Published by: Cornell University Press
Pages: 174
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    M. L. W. Laistner has edited and provided commentary for, two important pamhlets by Isocrates in order to prove that the writer "had a very real grasp of the political situation in Greece" in the fourth century B.C. The commentary addresses the historical content of the discourses. In his introduction, Laistner provides an account of Isocrates' life, writings, and later influence.

    eISBN: 978-0-8014-6664-9
    Subjects: History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-8)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 9-10)
    (pp. 11-30)

    The chief source for the life of Isocrates is his own writings. Early in the third century B. C. Hermippus composed treatises on Isocrates and on his pupils, of whom he seems to have enumerated more than a hundred. Although these works are lost, the later authorities for the life and works of Isocrates used Hermippus freely. These are Dionysius of Halicarnassus, in whose important work on the ancient orators Isocrates is one of the orators discussed; the author of a tract on the Ten Orators, wrongly attributed to Plutarch; and a biographical notice which is probably to be attributed...

    (pp. 31-32)
    (pp. 33-54)

    (α’.) °Aπαυτες μὲυ εἰὡυαsç fisv sioe&autv ot Jtaçtóvrsç sv&áôs zavra fis- ytúra tpáúxstv sívat xal fiáXtúra ônovôrjç agia ry jióXst, jtsçl oev äv avrol ¡isXXoeOt övfißovXsvösiv ov (irjv àXV si xal jtsçl aXXoev rtvoev jrçayfiaroev rjçfioõs roiavra jiqosmisZv, ôoxsZ fiot jcQSJtstv xal 3ZSQÌ roev vvv Jiacóvvcov svtsv&sv jcoiijóaú&ai rrjv 2 à’çxtfv. fjxofisv yàç ¿xxlrjútáoovTSç Jtsçl noXéftov xal sicr¡vr]c, ä fisyíúTíjV s%si ôvvafiiv sv roe ßiop rcõ rcõv âv&Qcájccov , xal jtsçl cov âváyxrj tovç oq&cõç ßovXsvofisvovc äfisivov rcõv alltov jtçárrsiv. rò fièv ovv ¿têys&oç vjteç oev úvvsXr¡?^v&rafisv , rrjli- xovróv έσƮiv.

    3 (ß’.) *0qὢ δ’ v¡iac ovx ê£ lúov τών...

  6. < piAinno2
    (pp. 55-78)

    (ά .) Mἠ αυμάσῃV‚ ὦ θίλιππε ‚ διóτι τοṽ λóγου ποιήσομαι τήυ dɐχήυ ού τοṽ πǫὀV σὲ ηθησομένον xαί υṽυ δειχθήσθαι μέλλουτοV άλλά τοṽ πεί ’Aμφιπὁλεωξ γαφέυτοξ. πεί οὗ μιxά βούλομαι ποειπεῑν ‚ ἵνα δῃλώσω xαί σοί xαί τοῑV ἄλλοιV‚ ώV οὐ δἱ ἄγυοιαυ‚ οὐδἐ διαψευσθείV τῆV υṽυ μοι παούσηV ἐπεθἑμηυ γἀφειυ τὀυ πὀV σὲ λὁγου ἀλλ’ εìxὁτωV xαί xατἀ μιxὀυ ύπαθείV.

    2. (b’.). Ὁῶυ γἀ τὀυ πὁλεμου τὀυ ἐυστάυτα σοί xαί τῇ πὁλει πεί ’AμφιπὁλεωV πολλῶυ xαxῶυ αἴτιου γιγυὁμευου ἐπεχείησα λἑγειυ πεί τε τῆV πὁλεωV ταὐτηV xαἰ τῆV χὡαV οὐδἐυ τῶυ αὐτῶυ οὐδἐυ τῶυ αὐτῶυ οὒτε τοτV ὑπὀ...

    (pp. 79-124)

    1. oí παQιóντες - πάQειμι and παQέQχομαι are the words regu- larly used of a speaker coming forward to address the assembly or a jury (cf. 15 below, παQελήλυJα, and Archid. 1). Like a number of Isocrates' other writings this discourse is cast in the form of a speech delivered in the assembly, although in fact it was a political pamphlet, and never spoken (cf. χλησιάσοντες in the next para- graph). The forensic speeches written by Is. as a young man were of course intended to be delivered in court by his clients, though one or two of those that have come down to us may have been altered for publication (cf. the remarks of Drerup, Is. opera, I, p. cxxi-vii)....

    (pp. 125-169)

    1. δειχ fielX. - the same phrase with Xóyoç is also found in Panath. 4; translate: "which is about to be communicated to you".

    rov jtsQÌ *A[iputoXeoeç yça - Several commentators deny that Is. ever wrote a speech about Amphipolis, and maintain that his reference to a fictitious work is merely a rhetorical artifice. It is true that there is no other ancient allusion to a speech (i. e. a pamphlet) on this subject, but there is absolutely no reason for denying that it was ever written. The mere fact that Is. speaks of it here with con- siderable detail, suggests that he had partly or wholly written it; but, when the peace of Philocrates had been signed, he had deliberately suppressed it....

    (pp. 170-172)
    (pp. 173-173)