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Published: 22 June 2020

432 Pages

8.5 x 5.3 inches

ISBN: 9780198857037

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The Rhetoric of the Past in Demosthenes and Aeschines

Oratory, History, and Politics in Classical Athens

Guy Westwood

Oxford Classical Monographs

  • Examines all surviving public speeches from two major orators, giving the generally less-studied Aeschines due place alongside his celebrated rival Demosthenes
  • Juxtaposes close readings of relevant passages with big-picture analysis of speeches given by different practitioners, in different settings, and on different sides in public trials
  • Places Demosthenes and Aeschines in their full historical context and explores the persuasive uses made of the city's past across surviving Athenian public oratory as a whole
  • Recasts Athenian public discourse about the past as a matter of individual strategies, choices, and memories, as well as of collective processes
  • Gives readers a fuller understanding of how Athenian public speakers were able to persuade their audiences by appealing to the city's past and to its traditional identity