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The Rhetoric of the Past in Demosthenes and Aeschines: Oratory, History, and Politics in Classical Athens

Guy Westwood

Abstract

This work examines how politicians in late classical Athens made persuasive use of the city’s past when addressing mass citizen audiences, especially in the law courts and Assembly. It focuses on Demosthenes and Aeschines—both prominent statesmen, and bitter rivals—as its case-study orators. Recent scholarly treatments of how the Athenians remembered their past tend to concentrate on collective processes; to complement these, this work looks at the rhetorical strategies devised by individual orators, examining what it meant for Demosthenes or Aeschines to present particular ‘historical’ exampl ... More

Keywords: Aeschines, Demosthenes, Athens, historical example, orator, paradigm, paradeigma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198857037
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198857037.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Guy Westwood, author
Departmental Lecturer in Greek Literature, University of Oxford