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Titel: Selected Private Speeches. Edited by C. ...
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (.), 1985. X,241p. Hard bound. Small personal library mark, name as well as editor?s dedication and signatures on free endpaper. 'A well-edited selection of Demosthes' private speeches is to be welcomed. (.) In keeping with modern trends the editors concentrate on the subject-k=matter of the speeches rather than on the language or the artistic qualities. There is an excellent introduction which, apart from giving a short account of Demosthenes as a writer of private speeches, describes the Athenian legal system as contrastec with our own, the part played by the speech-writer, and his relationship to his client. (.) there is no critical apparatus, but the more important points are discussed in the commentary. (.) A preface to the commentary on each speech gives the general and legal background to the case. Stress is laid throughout on assessing the speaker's motives, the validity of his arguments, and their likely effect on the jurors. (.) This is a scholarly work edited with good sense and discrimination. It should be of value to a wide range of readers.' (H.LL. HUDSON-WILLIAMS in The Classical Review (New Series), 1986, p.313). From the library of the late Sir Kenneth James Dover. Antiquarian. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 23326
Inhaltsangabe: The four private speeches contained in this collection were functional artefacts whose object was to persuade a jury numbered in hundreds by manipulating both the facts of the case and the prejudices, beliefs and attitudes of the Athenian man-in-the-street. It is as vehicles of persuasion that Dr Carey and Dr Reid seek primarily to treat the speeches, using their commentary to shed light on how well the speeches perform their function. The speeches have also been chosen for their value as documents of Athenian law, commerce and private life. The commentary explains as far as possible any obscurities in these fields and also deals with matters of linguistic interest. While intended mainly for undergraduates and students in the upper forms of schools, the book will be of interest to all classical scholars. The introduction, which provides a brief survey of the Athenian legal system and the trade of the speechwriter, requires no knowledge of Greek and should interest students of classical culture and literature in translation.
Inhaltsangabe: Four speeches are primary illustrations of an oratorical tradition that manipulated facts and distorted truths for the Athenian masses. They have also been chosen for their value as documents reflecting Athenian law, commerce and private life. An English introduction provides a survey of the Athenian legal system and the speechwriter's trade.
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