By Demosthenes, J. H. Vince
Demosthenes (384–322 BCE), orator at Athens, was once a pleader in legislations courts who later grew to become additionally a statesman, champion of the previous greatness of his urban and the current resistance of Greece to the increase of Philip of Macedon to supremacy. We own through him political speeches and law-court speeches composed for events in inner most situations and political situations. His early acceptance because the better of Greek orators rests on his steadfastness of objective, his sincerity, his transparent and smelly argument, and his critical keep an eye on of language. In his legislation situations he's the recommend, in his political speeches a castigator no longer of his competitors yet in their politics. Demosthenes supplies us vibrant images of private and non-private lifetime of his time. The Loeb Classical Library version of Demosthenes is in seven volumes.
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If, then, a man commits a malicious assault on any member or master of these choruses, especially during the actual contest in the sacred precinct of the god, can we deny that he is guilty of impiety ? Moreover, you are aware that, although anxious to 56 exclude aliens from the contest, you do not grant unlimited right to any chorus-master to summon for scrutiny any member of a chorus if he summons him, he is fined fifty drachmas, and a thousand drachmas if he orders him to sit among the spectators.
Now although men have quarrelled often enough, 62 whether on private or on public grounds, no one has ever been so lost to shame as to venture on such conduct as this. Yet it is said that the famous Iphicrates once had a serious quarrel with Diodes of the Pitthean deme, and, to make matters worse, Iphicrates' brother Teisias happened to be a chorusmaster in competition with Diodes. Iphicrates was a wealthy man with many friends and had a high opinion of himself, as a man would naturally have who had earned so many honours and distinctions at your hands but Iphicrates never went under cover of 63 night to the goldsmiths' shops, he never ripped up the costumes intended for the festival, he never bribed the instructor and hindered the training of the chorus, he never played any of the tricks that Meidias re; 47 , DEMOSTHENES ovTos SteTTpdrrcT* Tcbv dXKcov VLKcJovra dXXa rols €TTol€l, ^ov\rjaei avyxaypcbv rov (JT€(f)avovfjL€vov vofxoLS /cat rfj rjV€L)(€To /cat ix^pov opcov, eiKOTWs' ev fi yap avrog euSat/xcDV i^'Set yeyovcbs TToAtTeta, TavTYj rj^iov.
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