By Victor Bers
This can be the 6th quantity within the Oratory of Classical Greece. This sequence provides the entire surviving speeches from the past due 5th and fourth centuries BC in new translations ready through classical students who're on the vanguard of the self-discipline. those translations are specifically designed for the desires and pursuits of brand new undergraduates, Greekless students in different disciplines, and most of the people. Classical oratory is a useful source for the learn of historic Greek lifestyles and tradition. The speeches provide proof on Greek ethical perspectives, social and monetary stipulations, political and social ideology, legislations and felony approach, and different facets of Athenian tradition which were principally neglected: girls and kinfolk lifestyles, slavery, and faith, to call quite a few. Demosthenes is thought of as the best orator of classical antiquity; certainly, his very eminence will be chargeable for the inclusion below his identify of a couple of speeches he possibly didn't write. This quantity comprises 4 speeches which are most likely the paintings of Apollodorus, who's known as "the 11th Attic Orator." despite their authorship, in spite of the fact that, this set of ten legislation courtroom speeches provides a bright experience of private and non-private existence in fourth-century BC Athens. They inform of the friendships and quarrels of rural acquaintances, of younger males joined in raucous, deliberately stunning habit, of households enduring nice poverty, and of the problematic involvement of prostitutes within the lives of electorate. additionally they take care of the outfitting of warships, the grain alternate, demanding situations to citizenship, and regulations at the civic position of fellows in debt to the kingdom.
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I took witnesses along, as many citizens as I could, marines and skilled seamen, and I went up to him in the agora in Thasos and demanded that, as my replacement, he take the ship over from me and reimburse me for my expenditures during the extra time.  I was 50 Polycles, scion of an old Athenian family, uses a proverbial saying to deride the son of a slave who rose to the status of metic (a resident alien) and was then made a citizen. Ambition, Polycles means, has led Apollodorus into a predicament, extravagant expenditures as trierarch, from which he now cannot extricate himself.
3 Trevett 1992: 43 favors the ﬁrst part of this period. 4 Lit. “in my water,” a reference to the waterclock used to time speeches. See the Series Introduction, p. xxiv. 50. 5 You, on the other hand, who stayed here, I ask that you listen to me in silence as I tell you everything,6 at each point presenting the laws and decrees of both the Council and the Assembly and the depositions of witnesses.  On the twenty-fourth day of the month Metageitnion, during the archonship of Molon,7 there was a meeting of the Assembly, and many grave situations were reported to you.
Dissertation, University of Washington, 1978). Many aspects of the trierarchy are discussed by Gabrielsen 1994. Also useful are Trevett 1992 and Hamel 1998. 50. against polycles in the matter of a period of supplementary service as trier arch  Gentlemen of the jury, it is right that those who are going to decide a case of this sort pay especially close attention. You see, this trial is not just a private matter between Polycles and myself but something that involves the whole city. When the complaints are private, but the damages public, it is surely to be expected (eikos) that you hear the matter and then make the correct judgment.
Demosthenes, Speeches 50-59 (The Oratory of Classical Greece) by Victor Bers