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Gunther Martin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560226.001.0001

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Against Midias (Or. 21)

Against Midias (Or. 21)

(p.15) 1 Against Midias (Or. 21)
Divine Talk

Gunther Martin

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with Demosthenes' public speeches shows how Demosthenes gradually introduces a religious component in or. 21, which appears not to have been the basis or a necessary element of the case. However, he does not use the religious aspect to portray Midias as an impious person to be condemned on these grounds; instead, the religious connotations of the offence contribute to characterizing his opponent as incompatible with society. Demosthenes avoids open religious accusation regarding the attack at the Dionysia, only to use it when he defends himself against similar accusations from Midias.

Keywords:   Demosthenes, Dionysia, impiety, Midias, religious accusation, society

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