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By Andrew J. Bayliss

This quantity demanding situations preconceptions of Athenian politics and background. It units out to illustrate that the commonly acquired view that Hellenistic Athens and her political leaders have been noticeably varied from their Classical opposite numbers is essentially mistaken. via a second look of the inner politics of Hellenistic Athens, either when it comes to its key associations and its political leaders, After Demosthenes presents a finished research of Athenian political lifestyles from 322-262 BC. Drawing on literary and epigraphic proof the booklet identifies those that participated within the governing of Athens, and their causes for doing so, and redefines the character of Athenian political ideology within the strategy. The best political figures, every one of whom might be pointed out with a selected ideological point of view, are explored in a chain of biographical stories. reading the highbrow origins of recent scholarly feedback of democracy within the Athens of this era, this quantity exhibits how the politics of scholarly discourse have distorted glossy perspectives of Hellenistic Athens.

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There was at that time no want of intellect, intelligence, and wit at Athens; Athenaeus has preserved a song which they sang of him, and which is worthy of the age of Aristophanes; but among the leading men of the republic, Demochares was the only noble-minded person, who tried to make use of Demetrius only for the purpose of delivering his country, and recovering for it that independence which existed in his imagination. He therefore was no favourite of Demetrius, who gave his confidence to Stratocles, a man combining the impudence of Cleon and Hyperbolus, with the servility, the frivolity, and villany of Demades; and had been the principle accuser of Demosthenes in the affair of Harpalus.

Grote was highly critical of the work of J. G. 48 Grote (1862, vol. 8, pp. 273, 288, 305, 472) preferred to compare the Macedonian king to Xerxes, Napoleon and even Attila the Hun. The idea that Macedonians are barbarians is present in the works of other nineteenth-century writers. Niebuhr (1852, vol. 2, pp. 255–6) argues that although Philip ‘spoke Greek from his infancy . . he did not acquire the sentiments of a Greek’, describes (1852, vol. 3, pp. 43–4) Antipater ‘as rude 42 After Demosthenes and cruel as a Turk or an Algerian’, and (1852, vol.

Gensonné looked forward to the French people regretting his fate, as the Athenians did when they conferred posthumous honours on Phocion. He wrote in his prison memoir: ‘Socrates and Phocion drank the hemlock; Sidney perished on a scaffold, and the same people who had applauded their death accorded to their memory the justice which, during their lives, they had refused to their virtue’ (Parker, 1937, p. 176). On hearing his fate, Lasource (mis)quoted Phocion’s famous retort to Demosthenes: ‘I die when the people have lost their reason; you will perish when they recover it’ (Parker, 1937, p.

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