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By S. C. Todd

Lysias was once the prime Athenian speech-writer of the iteration (403-380 BC) following the Peloponnesian struggle, and his speeches shape a number one resource for all facets of the historical past of Athenian society in this interval. The speeches are largely learn this day, now not least due to their simplicity of linguistic variety. This simplicity is usually misleading, even though, and one of many goals of this observation is to aid the reader check the rhetorical innovations of every of the
speeches and the customarily hugely tendentious manipulation of argument. This quantity comprises the textual content itself (reproduced from Carey's OCT and gear criticus), with a dealing with translation. each one speech gets an intensive advent, masking basic questions of interpretation. within the lemmatic section
of the remark, person words are tested intimately, offering an in depth studying of the Greek textual content. to maximise accessibility, the Greek lemmata are observed by means of translation, and person Greek phrases are ordinarily transliterated. this can be the 1st a part of a projected multi-volume observation at the speeches and fragments, so that it will be the 1st complete observation on Lysias in glossy times.

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