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The Documents in the Attic OratorsLaws and Decrees in the Public Speeches of the Demosthenic Corpus$
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Mirko Canevaro

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668908

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668908.001.0001

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Introduction: Documents, Speeches, and their Tradition

Introduction: Documents, Speeches, and their Tradition

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Documents, Speeches, and their Tradition
The Documents in the Attic Orators

Mirko Canevaro

Oxford University Press

The introduction begins by giving an overview of the presence of documents in the corpora of the Attic orators, and providing a summary of the history of scholarly on the subject of their authenticity. The next sections focus on the documents in the public speeches of the Demosthenic corpus and discuss their tradition, their presence or absence from particular branches of the medieval tradition and from extant papyri, and use stichometry to calculate which ones were originally part of the speeches and which ones were inserted at a later date. The last section of the introduction works out a methodology according to which the individual documents will be analysed in the following chapters.

Keywords:   Manuscripts, papyri, corpora, Droysen, history of scholarship, Altertumwissenschaft, stochometry, trustworthiness of the orators, paradosis, inscriptions

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