A Commentary on Lysias, Speeches 12-16

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[PUBLISHER’S BLURB, MODIFIED] Lysias was the leading Athenian speech-writer of his generation (403-380 BC), whose speeches form a leading source for all aspects of the history of Athenian society during this period. The current volume focuses on speeches that are important particularly as political texts, during an unusually eventful post-imperial period which saw Athens coming to terms with the aftermath of its eventual defeat in the Peloponnesian War (431-404) plus two traumatic if temporary oligarchic coups (the Four Hundred in 411, and especially the Thirty in 404/3). [NEW PARA] The speeches are widely read today, not least because of their simplicity of linguistic style. This simplicity is often deceptive, however, and one of the aims of this commentary is to help the reader assess the rhetorical strategies of each of the speeches and the often highly tendentious manipulation of argument. [NEW PARA] This volume contains speeches 12 to 16, with a new facing English translation. Each speech receives an extensive introduction, covering general questions of interpretation and broad issues of rhetorical strategy, while in the lemmatic section of the commentary individual phrases are examined in detail, providing a close reading of the Greek text. To maximize accessibility, the Greek lemmata are accompanied by translations, and individual Greek terms are mostly transliterated as well. This is a continuation of the projected multi-volume commentary on the speeches and fragments begun with the publication of speeches 1 to 11 in 2007, which will be the first full commentary on Lysias in modern times. [MEMO: in the interests of full disclosure, the Gk. text in this vol. comprises a total of 59pp including apparatus criticus, and is reproduced by permission from Christopher Carey’s 2007 Oxford Classical Text edition.]
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages753
ISBN (Print)9780198851493
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2020


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