By Michael Gagarin, Douglas M. MacDowell
Classical oratory is a useful source for the learn of historical Greek existence and tradition. The speeches supply facts on Greek ethical perspectives, social and fiscal stipulations, political and social ideology, and different facets of Athenian tradition which have been principally overlooked: girls and kin lifestyles, slavery, and faith, to call only a few.
This quantity comprises the works of the 2 earliest surviving orators, Antiphon and Andocides. Antiphon (ca. 480-411) was once a number one Athenian highbrow and writer of the occupation of logography ("speech writing"), whose detailed curiosity used to be legislation and justice. His six surviving works all trouble murder situations. Andocides (ca. 440-390) was once occupied with spiritual scandals—the mutilation of the Herms (busts of Hermes) and the revelation of the Eleusinian Mysteries—on the eve of the fateful Athenian day trip to Sicily in 415. His speeches are a safeguard opposed to fees in relation to these events.