By Edward M. Harris
This is often the 12th quantity within the Oratory of Classical Greece. This sequence offers the entire surviving speeches from the past due 5th and fourth centuries BC in new translations ready by way of classical students who're on the leading edge of the self-discipline. those translations are in particular designed for the desires and pursuits of modern-day undergraduates, Greekless students in different disciplines, and most of the people. Classical oratory is a useful source for the research of historic Greek existence and tradition. The speeches provide proof on Greek ethical perspectives, social and monetary stipulations, political and social ideology, legislations and felony method, and different features of Athenian tradition that experience lately been attracting specific curiosity: girls and relations lifestyles, slavery, and faith, to call quite a few. Demosthenes is thought of as the best orator of classical antiquity. This quantity includes 3 vital speeches from the earliest years of his political occupation: opposed to Leptines, a prosecution introduced opposed to a legislations repealing all exemptions from liturgies; opposed to Meidias, a prosecution for irritated insult (hybris) introduced opposed to an influential flesh presser; and opposed to Androtion, an indictment of a decree of honors for the Council of Athens. Edward M. Harris presents modern English translations of those speeches, of which (Leptines and Androtion) haven't been translated into English in over sixty years, in addition to introductions and huge notes that take account of contemporary advancements in Classical scholarship.
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See Sealey 1993: 97–98 and Dem. 205–218 for his opponents. 20, 112, 136–140) also complains about how diﬃcult it was for him to ﬁnd people to support his charge. This may be an attempt to cover up a weakness in his case but may also be an indication of his lack of political support. See Dem. 1–2, 19. On the procedure followed by Demosthenes, see the Introduction to Against Meidias. indb 10 4/10/08 8:32:04 AM introduction to this volume 11 the performances. Because the rewards of victory were so great, the competition for prizes could become very intense.
25–26. For the tripods erected to commemorate victories, see Dem. 5n. For the beneﬁts of victories in choral contests, see Xen. 3–6 and Makres 1994: 189. For Meidias’ boasts about his liturgies at meetings of the Assembly, see Dem. 152–153. For the laws about choruses, see MacDowell 1989a. indb 11 4/10/08 8:32:04 AM 12 demosthenes, speeches 20–22 him. He must therefore demonstrate that his opponent did not act on the spur of the moment but as part of a deliberate plan (Dem. This requires that Demosthenes recount all his previous relations with Meidias, which reveal a consistent pattern of repeated attempts to harm his reputation.
Indb 24 4/10/08 8:32:06 AM 20. Now this law covers the city with disgrace rather than a good reputation, something that is not worthy either of your ancestors or of you. The city incurs three very serious grounds for censure: we look as if we are spiteful, untrustworthy, and ungrateful.  Putting a law like this into eﬀect is completely contrary to your character, men of Athens. I will try to demonstrate this in a few words by describing one event in the city’s history. After the city was reunited and that conﬂict was over, the Spartans sent ambassadors and asked for this money back.
Demosthenes, Speeches 20-22 by Edward M. Harris