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Demosthenes of Athens and the Fall of Classical Greece
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Demosthenes of Athens and the Fall of Classical Greece

Ian Worthington

Abstract

Demosthenes' resolute and courageous defiance of Philip II of Macedonia earned for him a reputation as one of history's outstanding patriots. He also enjoyed a brilliant and lucrative career as a speechwriter, and is regarded as Greece's greatest orator, as proved by the rhetorical style of his surviving speeches. Yet he was a sickly child who suffered from several physical and speech impediments, had an interrupted education, and was swindled out of much of his family estate by unscrupulous guardians. His story is certainly one of triumph over adversity. Demosthenes has been lauded as Greece' ... More

Keywords: Demosthenes, Athens, Philip II of Macedonia, Alexander the Great, Aeschines, Greek history, Greek oratory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199931958
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931958.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Worthington, author
University of Missouri

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