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By Andrew J. Bayliss

ISBN-10: 1441111514

ISBN-13: 9781441111517

This quantity demanding situations preconceptions of Athenian politics and historical past. It units out to illustrate that the commonly bought view that Hellenistic Athens and her political leaders have been substantially assorted from their Classical opposite numbers is essentially mistaken. via a second look of the interior politics of Hellenistic Athens, either by way of its key associations and its political leaders, After Demosthenes presents a accomplished research of Athenian political existence from 322-262 BC. Drawing on literary and epigraphic facts the e-book identifies those that participated within the governing of Athens, and their explanations for doing so, and redefines the character of Athenian political ideology within the strategy. The major political figures, every one of whom could be pointed out with a selected ideological point of view, are explored in a chain of biographical reviews. reading the highbrow origins of recent scholarly feedback of democracy within the Athens of this era, this quantity indicates how the politics of scholarly discourse have distorted smooth perspectives of Hellenistic Athens.

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Plutarch’s legacy is perhaps best illustrated by Millot’s Elements of the General History (1779), which devotes one entire chapter of his work (totalling seven pages out of only twenty-eight devoted to the Hellenistic period as a whole) to these three events of Athenian history. This chapter entitled ‘Disturbances in Athens – Demosthenes and Phocion – Demetrius Phalereus’ (1779, pp. 321–9) outlines the failures and crimes of the Hellenistic Athenians, and sets the tone for his account of the Hellenistic period as a time of ‘crimes of ambition’ and ‘the horrors of war’ (1779, p.

Phocion was popular figure with the Laconophiles;31 hardly surprising given that he was a known sympathizer of the Spartan way of life who sent his son to Sparta to be educated in the agoge and whose ascetic lifestyle had long been seen to resemble that of the Spartans (Plut. Phocion 20). Thus, an eighteenthcentury re-publication of a work by Desiderius Erasmus (1753, pp. 260–1) records the fact that: 28 After Demosthenes Phocion was by birth an Athenian: but his discourse was so grave, pithy, and full of useful remarks, with a sententious brevity, besides being so austere and upright in his morals, that he might in these respects be styl’d a Lacedemonian.

172–3) admires Phocion as a selfless politician who advised the Athenians against ruinous warfare even though going to war would The Reception of Hellenistic Athens 33 place him in a position of authority: I am seized with admiration at the rare good sense with which Phocion spoke on the same occasion to the same Athenians. That man was as great a General, as Demosthenes was a bad soldier: he entered into the situation of his Fellow-citizens, and advised them to preserve peace, although the war might place him at the head of the affairs of the Republick.

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