By Brenda Griffith-Williams
In A statement on chosen Speeches of Isaios, Brenda Griffith-Williams bargains a clean perception, available to non-Greek readers, into 4 disputed inheritance circumstances from the Athenian courts within the 4th century B.C. the one complete English language remark on Isaios (Wyse, 1904) displays a destructive view of the Athenian felony method as one during which the judges, who had no criminal education, can be simply outwitted by way of an unscrupulous speechwriter with out regard for the reality. via addressing the complicated interaction of genuine, criminal, and rhetorical matters within the chosen speeches, Brenda Griffith-Williams identifies the strengths and weaknesses of every speaker's case and offers a extra balanced review of Isaios's paintings.
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6, also the prosecutor in a dikē pseudomarturiōn, apostrophizes his distinctions. In summary: speakers in diadikasiai never explicitly incite the judges to anger or hatred at the behaviour of their opponents; they never represent the judges’ decision in terms of a penalty or punishment inflicted on their opponents; and they never claim that the outcome of an inheritance dispute could influence the future behaviour of other members of the community. 32 Nowadays people involved in inheritance disputes sometimes express their distaste for the exposure of private family matters in public.
General introduction 9 two of the speeches the speaker’s hostility is directed against a third party (Diokles in Isa. 8 and Hierokles in Isa. 9) while the legal opponent remains a shadowy figure. 25, take the form of a ‘glancing blow’ rather than a sustained diatribe. 32 The speaker of Isa. 6), but he is certainly taking a stance that would have helped him secure the good will of his audience, the dikastai. Isa. 28–29 shows, on the other hand, that more extended character assassination (diabolē) was not completely unacceptable in a diadikasia.
In 2008, 267,500 grants of representation (of which 215,000 involved wills) were made by the Family Division of the High Court, while only 106 contentious probate claims were issued in the Chancery Division in London ( Judicial and Court Statistics 2008; London, 2009, Cm7697). These cases would have included claims made under family provision legislation, as well as challenges on the grounds that the testator lacked testamentary intention or capacity, or that there was a failure to comply with the proper formalities.
A Commentary on Selected Speeches of Isaios by Brenda Griffith-Williams