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- DescriptionUniversally recognised as the greatest speech by the finest of the Attic Orators, On the Crown is Demosthenes' vindication of his lifelong devotion to Athenian primacy among the Greek states and opposition to the advance of Philip II of Macedon. He won the case, and his opponent Aeschines went into exile. By their verdict, the Athenian jury agreed that his fight for Greek freedom was worthy of their city's traditions, in spite of military failure. Demosthenes defends himself and attacks his enemies on a broad front. Rhetorical skills, refined over thirty years, are concentrated in this final performance skills of argument, narrative, invective and patriotic oratory deployed in a style rich in imagery, yet foreceful and persuasive. This edition is the first to combine text, translation, and full commentary. The latter deals with historical, political and legal matters on an equal footing with those of rhetoric and style, as in previous volumes by the present author. Greek text with facing-page translation, introduction and commentary. 208p (Aris and Phillips 1993)
- Author BiographyStephen Usher formerly Senior Lecturer in Classics at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College of the University of London has written extensively on oratory and is also the author of The Historians of Greece and Rome and Dionysius of Halicarnassus Critical Essays. He is also the author of Greek Orators volume I (with M. Edwards) in this series.
- Author(s)Stephen Usher
- PublisherLiverpool University Press
- Date of Publication01/01/1993
- LanguageGreek, ancient (to 1453)
- Series TitleAris & Phillips Classical Texts
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAris & Phillips Ltd
- Weight476 g
- Width149 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine18 mm
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