Antiphon and Andocides (Oratory of Classical Greece) by Michael Gagarin, Douglas M. MacDowell

By Michael Gagarin, Douglas M. MacDowell

Classical oratory is a useful source for the research of historic Greek lifestyles and tradition. The speeches provide proof on Greek ethical perspectives, social and financial stipulations, political and social ideology, and different features of Athenian tradition which were principally neglected: girls and family members existence, slavery, and faith, to call only a few.

This quantity includes 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 occupation of logography ("speech writing"), whose targeted curiosity was once legislations and justice. His six surviving works all main issue murder instances. Andocides (ca. 440-390) was once serious about spiritual scandals—the mutilation of the Herms (busts of Hermes) and the revelation of the Eleusinian Mysteries—on the eve of the fateful Athenian excursion to Sicily in 415. His speeches are a security opposed to fees with regards to these events.

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But since the speakers strategy is to shift all the responsibility to the stepmother, he would want to exaggerate her role. 10 "Juror" (dikastës) is derived from "justice" {dike). I. AGAINST THE STEPMOTHER I5 The dead man, in my view, since that would be in accord with justice and righteousness, both human and divine. So again I ask you: just as she showed no pity and no mercy in killing him, so she should herself be put to death by you and by justice. [26] She killed him willingly and with premeditation; he died unwillingly and violently.

The young man who threw the javelin is now charged with unintentional homicide (which would be tried in Athens at the Palladium by the Ephetae); the penalty is exile for a limited period, perhaps a year. 3) reports that after a competitor was killed in a similar situation, Pericles and Protagoras spent an entire day discussing whether the javelin or the thrower or the organizers of the contest were responsible for his death "according to the most correct argument" {logos). Whether or not an actual incident gave rise to these discussions, the story indicates that the issue of cause and responsibility with regard to accidents occupied the attention of intellectuals at this time.

Some scholars found it inconceivable that this "anarchist" could be the same man as the aristocrat who in his speeches repeatedly expresses respect for the laws. More recently, however, the unitarian position has gained ground; scholars now recognize 2 Recent treatments of the question of identity can be found in Harry C. " Hermes no (1982): 145-158, and Gerard Pendrick, "Once again Antiphon the Sophist and Antiphon of R h a m n u s H e r m e s 115 (1987): 4 7 - 6 0 , INTRODUCTION 5 that an orator who praises the law in a clients speech before a jury is not necessarily voicing his own opinion, and the papyrus fragments are less often understood as a call to anarchy; moreover, a new papyrus fragment has forced a revision of part of the text of On Truth, eliminating an earlier reconstruction in which the author appeared to challenge the traditional class structure.

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