The Oration of Demosthenes on the Crown

J. Munroe & Company
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Dec 31, 1860
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The Athenian statesman Demosthenes is now recognised as the greatest of the Greek orators, who roused Athens to oppose Philip and the might of Macedonia. Demosthenes’ speeches offer valuable information on the political, social and economic life of ancient Athens, providing a masterful demonstration of oratorical grace. The Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Greek texts.  This comprehensive eBook presents Demosthenes’ complete extant works, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Demosthenes’ life and works
* Features the complete extant works of Demosthenes, in both English translation and the original Greek
* Concise introductions to the famous orations
* Includes translations previously appearing in Loeb Classical Library editions of Demosthenes’ works
* Images of famous paintings that have been inspired by Demosthenes’ works
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Provides a special dual English and Greek text, allowing readers to compare the sections paragraph by paragraph – ideal for students
* Features three bonus biographies, including Plutarch’s Parallel Life – discover Demosthenes’ ancient world
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

The Translations
ON THE NAVY BOARDS
FOR THE PEOPLE OF MEGALOPOLIS
FOR THE LIBERTY OF THE RHODIANS
FIRST PHILIPPIC
THE OLYNTHIACS
FIRST OLYNTHIAC
SECOND OLYNTHIAC
THIRD OLYNTHIAC
ON THE PEACE
SECOND PHILIPPIC
ON HALONNESUS
ON THE CHERSONESE
THIRD PHILIPPIC
FOURTH PHILIPPIC
ANSWER TO PHILIP’S LETTER
PHILIP’S LETTER
ON ORGANIZATION
ON THE TREATY WITH ALEXANDER
ON THE FALSE EMBASSY
ON THE CROWN
AGAINST LEPTINES
AGAINST MEIDIAS
AGAINST ANDROTION
AGAINST ARISTOCRATES
AGAINST TIMOCRATES
AGAINST ARISTOGEITON 1
AGAINST ARISTOGEITON 2
AGAINST APHOBUS 1
AGAINST APHOBUS 2
AGAINST APHOBUS 3
AGAINST ONETOR 1
AGAINST ONETOR 2
AGAINST ZENOTHEMIS
AGAINST APATURIUS
AGAINST PHORMIO
AGAINST LACRITUS
FOR PHORMIO
AGAINST PANTAENETUS
AGAINST NAUSIMACHUS AND XENOPEITHES
AGAINST BOEOTUS 1
AGAINST BOEOTUS 2
AGAINST SPUDIAS
AGAINST PHAENIPPUS
AGAINST MACARTATUS
AGAINST LEOCHARES
APOLLODORUS AGAINST STEPHANUS 1
APOLLODORUS AGAINST STEPHANUS 2
AGAINST EVERGUS AND MNESIBULUS
AGAINST OLYMPIODORUS
APOLLODORUS AGAINST TIMOTHEUS
APOLLODORUS AGAINST POLYCLES
ON THE TRIERARCHIC CROWN
APOLLODORUS AGAINST CALLIPUS
APOLLODORUS AGAINST NICOSTRATUS
AGAINST CONON
AGAINST CALLICLES
AGAINST DIONYSODORUS
AGAINST EUBULIDES
AGAINST THEOCRINES
APOLLODORUS AGAINST NEAERA
THE FUNERAL SPEECH
THE EROTIC ESSAY

The Greek Texts
LIST OF GREEK TEXTS

The Dual Texts
DUAL GREEK AND ENGLISH TEXTS

The Biographies
PARALLEL LIVES: DEMOSTHENES by Plutarch
INTRODUCTION TO DEMOSTHENES by Arthur Wallace
DEMOSTHENES by T. W. Lumb

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Demosthenes, the son of Demosthenes of Paeania in Attica, a rich and highly respected factory-owner, was born in or about the year 384 B.C. He was early left an orphan; his guardians mismanaged his property for their own advantage; and although, soon after coming of age in 366, he took proceedings against them and was victorious in the law-courts, he appears to have recovered comparatively little from them. In preparing for these proceedings he had the assistance of Isaeus, a teacher and writer of speeches who was remarkable for his knowledge of law, his complete mastery of all the aspects of any case with which he had to do, and his skill in dealing with questions of ownership and inheritance. Demosthenes' speeches against his guardians show plainly the influence of Isaeus, and the teacher may have developed in his pupil the thoroughness and the ingenuity in handling legal arguments which afterwards became characteristic of his work.

Apart from this litigation with his guardians, we know little of Demosthenes' youth and early manhood. Various stories have come down to us (for the most part not on the best authority), of his having been inspired to aim at an orator's career by the eloquence and fame of Callistratus; of his having overcome serious physical defects by assiduous practice; of his having failed, nevertheless, owing to imperfections of delivery, in his early appearances before the people, and having been enabled to remedy these by the instruction of the celebrated actor Satyrus; and of his close study of the History of Thucydides. Upon the latter point the evidence of his early style leaves no room for doubt, and the same studies may have contributed to the skill and impressiveness with which, in nearly every oration, he appeals to the events of the past, and sums up the lessons of history. Whether he came personally under the influence either of Plato, the philosopher, or of Isocrates, the greatest rhetorical teacher of his time, and a political pamphleteer of high principles but little practical insight, is much more doubtful. The two men were almost as different in temperament and aims as it was possible to be, but Demosthenes' familiarity with the published speeches of Isocrates, and with the rhetorical principles which Isocrates taught and followed, can scarcely be questioned.
Demosthenes, the son of Demosthenes of Paeania in Attica, a rich and highly respected factory-owner, was born in or about the year 384 B.C. He was early left an orphan; his guardians mismanaged his property for their own advantage; and although, soon after coming of age in 366, he took proceedings against them and was victorious in the law-courts, he appears to have recovered comparatively little from them. In preparing for these proceedings he had the assistance of Isaeus, a teacher and writer of speeches who was remarkable for his knowledge of law, his complete mastery of all the aspects of any case with which he had to do, and his skill in dealing with questions of ownership and inheritance. Demosthenes' speeches against his guardians show plainly the influence of Isaeus, and the teacher may have developed in his pupil the thoroughness and the ingenuity in handling legal arguments which afterwards became characteristic of his work.

Apart from this litigation with his guardians, we know little of Demosthenes' youth and early manhood. Various stories have come down to us (for the most part not on the best authority), of his having been inspired to aim at an orator's career by the eloquence and fame of Callistratus; of his having overcome serious physical defects by assiduous practice; of his having failed, nevertheless, owing to imperfections of delivery, in his early appearances before the people, and having been enabled to remedy these by the instruction of the celebrated actor Satyrus; and of his close study of the History of Thucydides. Upon the latter point the evidence of his early style leaves no room for doubt, and the same studies may have contributed to the skill and impressiveness with which, in nearly every oration, he appeals to the events of the past, and sums up the lessons of history. Whether he came personally under the influence either of Plato, the philosopher, or of Isocrates, the greatest rhetorical teacher of his time, and a political pamphleteer of high principles but little practical insight, is much more doubtful. The two men were almost as different in temperament and aims as it was possible to be, but Demosthenes' familiarity with the published speeches of Isocrates, and with the rhetorical principles which Isocrates taught and followed, can scarcely be questioned.
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