By Michael Gagarin,Douglas M. MacDowell
Classical oratory is a useful source for the examine of historical Greek lifestyles and tradition. The speeches supply proof on Greek ethical perspectives, social and monetary stipulations, political and social ideology, and different features of Athenian tradition which were mostly overlooked: ladies and kinfolk lifestyles, slavery, and faith, to call only a few.
This quantity comprises the works of the 2 earliest surviving orators, Antiphon and Andocides. Antiphon (ca. 480-411) was once a number one Athenian highbrow and author of the career of logography ("speech writing"), whose distinct curiosity was once legislation and justice. His six surviving works all drawback murder situations. Andocides (ca. 440-390) was once fascinated by spiritual scandals—the mutilation of the Herms (busts of Hermes) and the revelation of the Eleusinian Mysteries—on the eve of the fateful Athenian day trip to Sicily in 415. His speeches are a protection opposed to fees when it comes to these events.
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