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By Ian Worthington

Demosthenes (384-322 BC) profoundly formed the most eventful epochs in antiquity. His political occupation spanned 3 a long time, in which time Greece fell sufferer to Macedonian keep watch over, first less than Philip II after which Alexander the nice. Demosthenes' brave defiance of Macedonian imperialism price him his existence yet earned for him a name as one in all history's awesome patriots. He additionally loved an excellent and profitable profession as a speechwriter, and his rhetorical abilities are nonetheless emulated this day via statesmen and politicians. but he used to be a sickly baby with a difficult speech obstacle, who was once swindled out of a lot of his family's property by means of unscrupulous guardians. His tale is as a result one among overcome adversity.

In this new biography--the first written in English for nearly a century--Ian Worthington brings the good orator's occupation vividly to lifestyles. He offers a relocating narrative of Demosthenes' humble and tough beginnings, his fierce rivalries with different Athenian politicians, his victories and defeats within the public meeting, and eventually his posthumous impact as a political candidate and orator. In doing so, Worthington deals new insights into Demosthenes' explanations and the way he formed his coverage to accomplish political strength. Set opposed to the wealthy backdrop of past due classical Athens and Macedonia, this biography will attract all readers drawn to the historical past and historical past of old Greece. All quotations from Demosthenes' speeches are translated and in brief mentioned to ensure that either specialist and non-professional readers to understand his rhetorical genius.

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183–189. 197. (54) The story that Demosthenes was being taught at the time by Plato but interrupted the “class” to attend the trial perhaps lends weight to his being too young to attend it legally: Hermippus, FGrH IVA 1026 F 60. 20. 1–4. 135. 127–170. See above (Callistratus’ trial) with note 54. 3. 150 (Philodemus).

12, P. 142, 197. Children whose parents were both Athenian citizens were likewise citizens, regardless of where in Attica they were born. 135–137. 53–69. 61–73. 33–40. 36. 115–119. 1 from the contemporary (and hostile) writer Theopompus. 2, questions whether her background was suspect. 36. Moreno, Feeding the Democracy: The Athenian Grain Supply in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries BC (Oxford: 2007). Hunt, War, Peace, and Alliance in Demosthenes’ Athens (New York: 2010), pp. 35–39. 3. 30.

He was being swindled out of his family fortune; his guardians cared little for him; he was lonely, physically unfit, and in ill health; and he was ridiculed for his disabilities, which were no fault of his own. Further, the prosecution and defense were expected to conduct their own cases. There were a number of rhetorical schools in Athens, the best known being that of Isocrates. In inheritance cases the jury numbered 401,60 and Demosthenes could not afford to appear before them with a weak or flawed case.

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