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, and other aspects of Athenian culture that have
been largely ignored: women and family life, slavery, and religion,
to name just a few.
This volume contains the works of the two earliest surviving
orators, Antiphon and Andocides. Antiphon (ca. 480-411) was a
leading Athenian intellectual and creator of the profession of
logography ("speech writing"), whose special interest was law and
justice. His six surviving works all concern homicide cases.
Andocides (ca. 440-390) was involved in two religious scandals-the
mutilation of the Herms (busts of Hermes) and the revelation of the
Eleusinian Mysteries-on the eve of the fateful Athenian expedition
to Sicily in 415. His speeches are a defense against charges
relating to those events.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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