Craig A. Gibson

in Interpreting a Classic

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229563
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927308 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses Demosthenes, who was one of the most influential authors of Greek and Roman antiquity. It reveals that Demosthenes was one of the orators included in the canon of ten Attic orators, which was a list of recommended authors that may have reached its final form in the second century C.E. The discussion then identifies the challenges that face postclassical readers of Demosthenes and studies the ancient commentaries on Demosthenes. The three working hypotheses that are used in the book are then enumerated.

Keywords: Demosthenes; Greek and Roman antiquity; Attic orators; challenges; postclassical readers; ancient commentaries

Chapter.  3637 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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