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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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On the Crown (Or. 18)

On the Crown (Or. 18)

(p.85) 3 On the Crown (Or. 18)
Divine Talk

Gunther Martin

Oxford University Press

A description of Demosthenes' position after Chaeroneia stands at the start of this chapter, showing that he defends himself not only against Aeschines, but also against the many accusations and the allegations with a religious background which Aeschines only exploits. Demosthenes turns arguments about his ‘Fortune’, described as a goddess by Aeschines, into a discussion of personal fortune, thus deflecting the debate to one of social standing. In the discussion of Aeschines' participation in the obscure rite of Sabazius, he does not make a religious point but ridicules Aeschines for his ignoble upbringing. In this way he removes the religious element, alluding to this aspect of the accusation only occasionally and after long preparation.

Keywords:   Fortune, Chaeroneia, Aeschines, social standing, Sabazius

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