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Minor Attic Orators, Volume I: Antiphon. Andocides

Minor Attic Orators, Volume I: Antiphon. Andocides

Minor Attic Orators, Volume I: Antiphon. Andocides

Minor Attic Orators, Volume I: Antiphon. Andocides

Hardcover(5th printing/1st pub.1941)



This is the first in a two-volume edition of Greek orators.

Antiphon of Athens, born in 480 BCE, spent his prime in the great period of Athens but, disliking democracy, was himself an ardent oligarch who with others set up a violent short-lived oligarchy in 411. The restored democracy executed him for treason. He had been a writer of speeches for other people involved in litigation. Of the fifteen surviving works three concern real murder cases. The others are exercises in speech-craft consisting of three tetralogies, each tetralogy comprising four skeleton speeches: accuser's; defendant's; accuser's reply; defendant's counter-reply.

Andocides of Athens, born ca. 440 BCE, disliked the extremes of both democracy and oligarchy. Involved in religious scandal in 415 BCE, he went into exile. After at least two efforts to return, he did so under the amnesty of 403. In 399 he was acquitted on a charge of profaning the Mysteries and in 391–390 took part in an abortive peace embassy to Sparta. Extant speeches are: 'On His Return' (a plea on his second attempt); 'On the Mysteries' (a selfdefence); 'On the Peace with Sparta'. The speech 'Against Alcibiades' (the notorious politician) is suspect.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674993402
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 01/01/1941
Series: Loeb Classical Library , #308
Edition description: 5th printing/1st pub.1941
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.38(h) x (d)
Language: Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

Table of Contents


The Manuscripts



Life Of Antiphon

I. Prosecution Of The Stepmother For Poisoning

II, III, IV. The Tetralogies

General Introduction

II. The First Tetralogy

III. The Second Tetralogy

IV. The Third Tetralogy

V. On The Murder Of Herodes

VI. On The Choreutes




Life Of Andocides

I. On The Mysteries

II. On His Return

III. On The Peace With Sparta

IV. Against Alcibiades


Index Of Proper Names

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