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Demosthenes the Orator

Douglas M. MacDowell


Concentrating on Demosthenes' texts rather than his politics, this book describes and assesses all his speeches, including those for the lawcourts as well as the addresses to the Ekklesia. Besides the genuine speeches, it also covers those which probably are wrongly ascribed to Demosthenes, such as those written for delivery by Apollodoros. It considers the Epistles, the Prooimia, and the Erotic Speech. The arguments of each speech are analysed. The question whether the texts reproduce accurately what was actually spoken is approached cautiously. There is a short survey of Demosthenes' prose s ... More

Keywords: Demosthenes, lawcourts, Ekklesia, speeches, Epistles, Prooimia, Erotic Speech, Apollodoros

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199287192
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287192.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas M. MacDowell, author
Professor Emeritus of Greek, University of Glasgow