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Demosthenes of Athens and the fall of classical Greece / Ian Worthington.

Author/Creator:
Worthington, Ian.
Publication:
New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
Format/Description:
Book
xxiv, 382 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
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Subjects:
Demosthenes.
Statesmen -- Greece -- Biography.
Orators -- Greece -- Biography.
Summary:
Demosthenes (384-322 BC) profoundly shaped one of the most eventful epochs in antiquity. His political career spanned three decades, during which time Greece fell victim to Macedonian control, first under Philip II and then Alexander the Great. Demosthenes' courageous defiance of Macedonian imperialism cost him his life but earned him a reputation as one of history's outstanding patriots. He also enjoyed a brilliant and lucrative career as a speechwriter, and his rhetorical skills are still emulated today by statesmen and politicians. Yet he was a sickly child with a challenging speech impediment, who was swindled out of much of his family's estate by unscrupulous guardians. His story is therefore one of triumph over adversity.
In this new biography---the first written in English for almost a century---Ian Worthington brings the great orator's career vividly to life. He provides a moving narrative of Demosthenes' humble and difficult beginnings, his fierce rivalries with other Athenian politicians, his victories and defeats in the public Assembly, and finally his posthumous influence as a politician and orator. In doing so, Worthington offers new insights into Demosthenes' motives and how he shaped his policy to achieve political power. Set against the rich backdrop of late classical Athens and Macedonia, this biography will appeal to all readers interested in the history and heritage of ancient Greece. All quotations from Demosthenes' speeches are translated and briefly discussed in order for both professional and non-professional readers to appreciate his rhetorical genius.
Contents:
Preamble: "Politicians and heroes"
Demosthenes, son of Demosthenes
Greece and the awakening of Macedonia
Into the public eye
The aspiring politician
Swaying the Assembly
An uneasy peace
Resisting Philip
"Speeches like soldiers"
The end of Greek freedom
"For the conqueror, death"
Demosthenes and Alexander the Great
The crown trial
Decline and fall
Poison from the pen
Appendix: Ancient coinage and months of the Attic year.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [347]-367) and index.
ISBN:
9780199931958
019993195X
OCLC:
778827779