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Demosthenes the Orator$
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Douglas M. MacDowell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287192

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287192.001.0001

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Demosthenes' family and personal life

Demosthenes' family and personal life

(p.14) 2 Demosthenes' family and personal life
Demosthenes the Orator

Douglas M. MacDowell

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives information about Demosthenes' family and relatives, including his grandfathers — Demomeles and Gylon — and his parents, Demosthenes senior and Kleoboule. A genealogical table is included. It surveys his date of birth, his childhood, his nickname Batalos, and his difficulties in learning to make speeches. It discusses the evidence for his marriage and children. It raises the question whether he was bisexual and analyses the Erotic Speech ascribed to him.

Keywords:   Demomeles, Gylon, Demosthenes senior, Kleoboule, Batalos, birth, marriage, bisexuality, Erotic Speech

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