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Selected Speeches

Demosthenes
Robin Waterfield and Chris Carey

May 2014

ISBN: 9780199593774

576 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £11.99

Demosthenes was one of the greatest of the classic Athenian orators. He wrote for the courts in public and private cases and in major political trials and is a major source for the history of Athens' struggle against Macedon. This is the widest selection of his speeches in a single volume.

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Demosthenes was one of the greatest of the classic Athenian orators. He wrote for the courts in public and private cases and in major political trials and is a major source for the history of Athens' struggle against Macedon. This is the widest selection of his speeches in a single volume.

  • The only single-volume edition of Demosthenes, the greatest of the Athenian orators, in a new translation accompanied by an invaluable introduction and notes.
  • The selection of 19 speeches covers the full range of Demosthenes' public and private speeches and the major issues, legal and poltical, raised by the Demosthenic corpus.
  • Demosthenes' speeches are illuminating not only for the study of oratory and rhetoric, but for their insights into the private world of ancient Athens and the internal workings of the Athenian political and legal systems. He is a prime source for the history of the period, when Philip of Macedon, and his son Alexander, posed a growing threat to Athenian independence.
  • Translated by Robin Waterfield, a distinguished translator of Greek texts including Plato, Herodotus, Plutarch, and Polybius, and introduced and annotated by Chris Carey, an expert on Demosthenes and Greek oratory.

About the Author(s)

Demosthenes

Robin Waterfield and Chris Carey, Professor of Greek, University College London

Robin Waterfield was a university lecturer and publisher before becoming a full time writer. His translations for Oxford World's Classics include Plato's Republic and five other editions of Plato's dialogues, Herodotus, Plutarch, two volumes of Euripides' plays, Xenophon's The Expedition of Cyrus and The First Philosophers: The Presocratics and the Sophists. His other books include Dividing the Spoils: the War for Alexander the Great's Empire (OUP, 2011). He lives in Greece.

Chris Carey has previously taught at Cambridge, St Andrews, and Royal Holloway before moving to UCL. He has published widely Greek oratory and law, including Democracy in classical Athens (Bristol Classical Press, 2000) and Trials from classical Athens (Routledge, 2/e 2011).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Translator's Note
    Select Bibliography
    Chronology
    Deliberative Speeches
    1. First Olynthiac
    2. Second Olynthiac
    3. Third Olynthiac
    4. First Philippic
    5. On the Peace
    8. On the situation in the Chersonese
    9. Third Philippic
    Trials in Public Cases
    18. On the Crown
    19. A Case of Ambassadorial Misconduct
    21. Against Meidias, on the Punch
    23. Against Aristocrates
    59. Apollodorus, Against Neaera
    Private and Ghost-written Speeches
    27. First Speech against Aphobus, on Trusteeship
    28. Second Speech against Aphobus, on Trusteeship
    35. Against Lacritus
    36. For Phormion, a Counter-Plea
    39. First Speech against Boeotus, on the Name
    54. Against Conon
    55. Against Callicles
    Explanatory Notes
    Textual Notes
    Glossary
    Index of Proper Names

Reviews

"[Demosthenes' speeches] impress with their emotional intensity, brilliance and variety of argument (dishonest or not), irony, forceful imagery, wit and general sense of mastery of the spoken word, in Robin Waterfields fine new translations." - Peter Jones, Classics for All