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Oxford Handbook of Demosthenes (Gunther Martin) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780198713852
Oxford Handbook of Demosthenes (Gunther Martin) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780198713852
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Title: Oxford Handbook of Demosthenes

Author: Martin, Gunther

Additional Authors or Contributors: (ed)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2018

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780198713852

Volumes: 1; Pages: 528

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As a speechwriter, orator, and politician, Demosthenes captured, embodied, and shaped his time. He was a key player in Athens in the twilight of the city's independence, and is today a primary source for its history and society during that period. The Oxford Handbook of Demosthenes sets out to explore the many facets of his life, work, and time, giving particular weight to elucidating the settings and contexts of his activities, as well as some of the key themes dealt with in his speeches, and thereby illustrating the interplay and mutual influence between his rhetoric and the environment from which it emerged.

The volume's thirty-five chapters are authored by experts in the field and offer both comprehensive coverage and an up-to-date reference point for the issues and problems encountered when approaching the speeches in particular: they not only showcase how Demosthenes' rhetoric was profoundly influenced by Athenian reality, but also explore its reception from Demosthenes' own day right up until the present and how his presentation of his world has subsequently shaped our view of it. The wide range of expertise and the different scholarly traditions represented are a vivid demonstration of the richness and diversity of current Demosthenic studies and the contribution the volume makes to enriching our knowledge of the life and work of one of the most prominent figures of ancient Greece will be of significance to a wide readership interested in Athenian history, society, rhetoric, politics, and law.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter

Abbreviations and Conventions

List of Contributors

Tables

0. Introduction, Gunther Martin

Part I. General Matters

1. Demosthenic Scholarship, Thomas Paulsen

2. Literary Readings of Oratory, Gottfried Mader

3. Historical Readings of Oratory, Adele C. Scafuro

4. The Place of Oratory in Fourth-Century Politics and Culture, Katharina Wojciech

Part II. The Institutional Context of Oratory

5. Public Opinion and the Arenas of Debate, Karen Piepenbrink

6. Law and Justice, Mirko Canevaro

7. Court Procedures and Arbitration, Michael Gagarin

8. Political Elites, Susan Lape

9. Diplomacy, Peter Hunt

Part III. The Political Context

10. Athenian Foreign Policy, P. J. Rhodes

11. Athenian State Finances, Edmund M. Burke

12. Military, Leonhard Burckhardt

13. Corruption, Robert J. Nichols

14. Views on the Past, Guy Westwood

15. Visions of Attica, Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner

Part IV. The Social and Cultural Context

16. Trade and Credit, Sitta von Reden

17. The Social and Legal Position of Metics, Foreigners, and Slaves, Kostas Kapparis

18. The Rhetoric of Social and Political Values, Joseph Roisman

19. Local Communities, Neighbourhoods, Winfried Schmitz

20. Kinship, S. C. Humphreys

21. Religion, Hannah Willey

22. City and Countryside, Robin Osborne

Part V. Demosthenes' Life

23. The Biographic Tradition, Brad L. Cook

24. Family, Formation, Extra-Political Activities, Iris Samotta

25. Political Career, Christos Karvounis

26. Allies and Foes (I): Aeschines, Hyperides, Lycurgus, Noriko Sawada

27. Allies and Foes (II): Politicians without Transmitted Speeches, Luigi Gallo

Part VI. The Corpus Demosthenicum

28. Speeches to the Assembly and in Public Prosecutions (Dem. 1 24), Edward M. Harris

29. Speeches in Private Prosecutions, Pietro Cobetto Ghiggia

30. The Epitaphios, Erotikos, Prooimia, and Letters, Ian Worthington

31. Rhetorical Technique, Cecil W. Wooten

32. Authenticity, Composition, Publication, Jeremy Trevett

33. Afterlife (Antiquity and Byzantine Era), Luciano Canfora

34. Afterlife (Modern Era), Alastair Blanshard

35. Transmission of the Corpus Demosthenicum, Gunther Martin

Endmatter

Index

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