The Attic Orators (Oxford Readings in Classical Studies) by Edwin Carawan
By Edwin Carawan
The `Attic Orators' have left us 100 speeches for court cases, a physique of labor that unearths an incredible connection among evolving rhetoric and the jury trial. The essays during this quantity discover that formative linkage, representing the most instructions of modern paintings at the Orators: the emergence of technical manuals and ghost-written speeches for potential litigants; the method for adapting documentary facts to commonsense notions approximately possible causes and average characters; and profiling the jury because the final arbiter of values. An advent through the editor explores the speechwriter's paintings when it comes to the imagined group. 4 essays seem in English right here for the 1st time, and all Greek has been translated.
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64 The speech for Mantitheus (Lys. 65 The second part, in a very usual way, describes the public services of the candidate. In the Wrst part (16. 3), the orator tries to justify himself in reply to a very serious accusation (cf. 26. 10), the claim that under the Thirty he had belonged to a corps strongly suspected of Spartan sympathies, the cavalry (Xen. Hell. 3. 1). 66 Many of the councillors could have formulated such an objection for themselves. The dokimasiai are in fact political processes, and it appears that very often what the interested party himself had done counted less than the political support at his disposal.
The orator shuZes the cards: Dem. 43. 59; 49. 53, and Ant. 5. 55; see Plato, Protagoras 336d and Aeschines 3. 202. Cf. H. Brown 1914: 60 n. 249, with Quintilian 5. 13. 3. 49 Lysias 12. 38. See also 26. 3; Is. 6. 59; Dem. 25. 76; 38. 19; 43. 32. Cf. Gernet 1954–60: ii. 94, 105 n. 1, and 178 (on Dem. 35). Aeschines 1. 175, suggests a similar tactic. Finally, Dem. 57 is mute on a crucial legal point, the civic status of the mother. 50 Isaeus 6. 62; Dem. 58. 69; 18. 1 in response to Aeschines, 3. 202 and 205.
After the disposition is read, the witnesses are summoned. The pleader, in triumph, states: ‘It is not necessary, gentlemen of the jury, to be an expert to see what they are going to do: promptly to abjure their testimony’ (45. 61). 57 Moreover, it suYces to state that a litigant could have avoided using an argument of this sort if he had thought he would run some risk. g. Aeschin. 1. 69), or when he had refused to give evidence at the earlier hearing (as in Isaeus 9. 18)? The theatricality of the procedure seems evident, and in this scenario the 55 The same tactic, with a youth responding to interrogation: Dem.