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Athenian speech‐writer (c.420–340s bc), who specialized in inheritance cases. Some 64 speech‐titles were known in antiquity, 50 of which were reckoned genuine. Eleven survive complete, of which four can be internally dated. The subject‐matter of his speeches is fundamental for Athenian social history, lying as it does where the study of Athenian legal practice converges with those of oratorical professionalism, property acquisition strategies (see inheritance), and private familial behaviour.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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