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Orations, Volume VII

Orations, Volume VII

Orations 60–61: Funeral Speech. Erotic Essay. Exordia. Letters


Translated by N. W. De Witt and N. J. De Witt

ISBN 9780674994126

Publication date: 01/01/1949

The preeminent orator of ancient Athens.

Demosthenes (384–322 BC), orator at Athens, was a pleader in law courts who later became also a statesman, champion of the past greatness of his city and the present resistance of Greece to Philip of Macedon’s rise to supremacy. We possess by him political speeches and law-court speeches composed for parties in private cases and political cases. His early reputation as the best of Greek orators rests on his steadfastness of purpose, his sincerity, his clear and pungent argument, and his severe control of language. In his law cases he is the advocate, in his political speeches a castigator not of his opponents but of their politics. Demosthenes gives us vivid pictures of public and private life of his time.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Demosthenes is in seven volumes.

Book Details

  • 400 pages
  • 4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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