By Michael Gagarin
This is the 16th quantity within the Oratory of Classical Greece. This sequence offers all the surviving speeches from the past due 5th and fourth centuries BC in new translations ready by way of classical students who're on the vanguard of the self-discipline. those translations are in particular designed for the wishes and pursuits of latest undergraduates, Greekless students in different disciplines, and the overall public.
Classical oratory is a useful source for the examine of historic Greek existence and tradition. The speeches supply proof on Greek ethical perspectives, social and fiscal stipulations, political and social ideology, legislations and felony technique, and different features of Athenian tradition that experience lately been attracting specific curiosity: girls and family members lifestyles, slavery, and faith, to call only a few.
This quantity assembles twenty-two speeches formerly released within the Oratory sequence. The speeches are taken from quite a lot of other kinds of cases—homicide, attack, advertisement legislations, civic prestige, sexual offenses, and others—and contain some of the best-known speeches in those components. they're Antiphon, Speeches 1, 2, five, and six; Lysias 1, three, 23, 24, and 32; Isocrates 17, 20; Isaeus 1, 7, eight; Hyperides three; Demosthenes 27, 35, fifty four, fifty five, fifty seven, and fifty nine; and Aeschines 1. the quantity is meant basically to be used in instructing classes in Greek legislation or similar parts equivalent to Greek background. It additionally presents the introductions and notes that initially followed the person speeches, revised a bit to shift the focal point onto law.
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The most important annual festival at which most tragedies and comedies were ﬁrst performed. The speaker is clearly a man of wealth and importance, who regularly undertakes these costly liturgies. indb 33 11/3/10 2:03:32 PM 34 antiphon 6 anyone to provide guarantees and without making any enemies; everything was done in the most pleasant and most suitable way possible for both of us, I making my requests and they sending their sons of their own free will.  When the boys ﬁrst arrived, I did not have the time to be there and attend to matters, for I happened to be engaged in a legal action against Aristion and Philinus, and as it was an impeachment (eisangelia), I considered it very important to prove the case to the Council and the Athenian people correctly and fairly.
30] If someone should tell you with words what happened without presenting any witnesses, you would say his words are in need of witnesses; and if someone should present witnesses without providing any arguments in support of the witnesses, you could make the same objection, if you wanted.  But I am now presenting you with a plausible account, with witnesses who support this account, with facts supporting the witnesses, and with arguments derived from these very facts, and in addition to all this, with my two greatest and strongest arguments: the prosecutors, who are refuted by themselves and by me, and I myself, who am acquitted by them and by myself.
What stronger evidence could I present that Philocrates was not wronged by me or the Basileus?  When this present Basileus took oﬃce on the ﬁrst day of the month of Hecatombaion, they could have registered the case on any day they wanted, thirty days in all, but they never did. Then in the month of Metageitnion they could also have registered the case on any day they wanted from the beginning, but they still did not register it but passed up twenty days of this month. Thus, they had more than ﬁfty days under this Basileus in which to register the case but did not.
Speeches from Athenian Law by Michael Gagarin