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Demosthenes: On the Crown (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics) [Paperback]

Demosthenes , Harvey Yunis
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June 18, 2001 0521629306 978-0521629300
This volume presents a newly edited Greek text of one of the masterpieces of ancient Greek prose, a speech delivered by the orator Demosthenes before a court in Athens in 330 BCE. The book contains an introductory essay outlining the historical situation that gave rise to the speech, the nature of Demosthenes' rhetorical art, and the history of the text. The greater part of the book consists of a commentary that elucidates the text and makes clear how Demosthenes achieved his objectives.

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"I am very grateful to have this up-to-date English commentary on Demosthenes' greatest speeches available for my own research and for use in advanced Greek courses. Yunis has done the field a great service." New England Classical Journal

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Text: Greek, English --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521629306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521629300
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This is a review of Harvey Yunis's commentary on Demosthenes' oration "On the Crown" published in the Cambridge green and yellow series. This speech is among the most impressive monuments of ancient Greek literature, notable for the historical importance of its subject matter, the power of its rhetoric, and the excellence of its style. Delivered in 330 BC eight years after Athens had suffered complete military defeat at the Battle of Chaeronea against King Philip of Macedon and had fallen under Macedonian domination, "On the Crown" was given in defense of an Athenian man, Ctesiphon, who had proposed that the orator Demosthenes receive a crown from the Athenian State partly in recognition for his efforts to oppose Philip in the months and years preceding Athens's defeat. Aeschines, one of Demosthenes' political enemies, indicted Ctesiphon on the grounds that awarding a crown to Demosthenes was both procedurally illegal and morally disgraceful, given that Demosthenes' policies ultimately resulted in Athens's political subjugation to Philip of Macedon. In "On the Crown", Demosthenes surveys the entirety of his own political career and attempts to perform the rhetorical feat of convincing the audience of jurors that it was right and proper for the Athenians, under his leadership, to have made no compromises and no concessions to Philip in spite of the ultimate defeat and humiliation that were the result of Demosthenes' antagonistic policy. Read more ›
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