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Divine TalkReligious Argumentation in Demosthenes$
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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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Demosthenes as Speechwriter

Demosthenes as Speechwriter

(p.118) 4 Demosthenes as Speechwriter
Divine Talk

Gunther Martin

Oxford University Press

This chapter demonstrates that Demosthenes uses religion in a different way when he writes for delivery by other speakers. Of the three speeches on illegal proposals, in Against Aristocrates the Athenian rules on homicide procedures are characterized as in compliance with religious requirements and the opposite is accordingly accused of undermining these rules and exposing the city to pollution. Androtion is likewise accused of religious misconduct in the speeches against himself and Against Timocrates. In contrast to the speeches discussed in Chapters 1–3, the attacks made in Demosthenes' logographic speeches rely on their religious nature.

Keywords:   logography, Androtion, illegal proposals, homicide legislation

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