Demosthenes, as an emerging political leader in fourth-century
Athens, delivered a series of fiery speeches to the citizens in the
democratic Assembly, attacking the Macedonian king Philip II as an
aggressive imperialist bent on destroying the city's independence.
This volume presents the Greek text of five of these speeches with
full introduction and detailed commentary. They show how the
foremost politician of the day argued his case before the people
who made policy decisions in the Assembly, and how he eventually
persuaded them to support his doomed militaristic position in
preference to the more pragmatic stance of accommodation advocated
by his political opponents. These speeches are unique sources for
the ideology and political history of this crucial period, and the
best specimens of persuasive rhetoric in action from democratic
Athens. This edition takes account of recent studies of
fourth-century Athens and showcases Demosthenes as a master of
Greek prose style.
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