Afterlife (Antiquity and Byzantine Era)

Luciano Canfora

in The Oxford Handbook of Demosthenes

Published in print November 2018 | ISBN: 9780198713852
Published online January 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191782176 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Afterlife (Antiquity and Byzantine Era)

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Chapter 33 focuses on Demosthenes’ reception in antiquity and during the Byzantine Era. In particular, it examines the character and value of the 15 ‘demegoriai’ that survive from Demosthenes’ Assembly speeches, first by discussing the peculiarly Demosthenic phenomenon of a first version written already in a highly elaborated form. Demosthenes was perhaps influenced here by Isocrates’ important innovation, the written speech that presented itself as if it had been delivered; this practice is also documented in Demosthenes’ circle by the On Halonnesus of his associate Hegesippus. These innovative practices became the object of attention for the generation of critics immediately following Demosthenes. The article considers the reception of Demosthenes by looking at the works of Theopompus of Chios, Anaximenes of Lampsacus, Timaeus, Aesion, Hermippus, Demochares, Callimachus, Polybius, Cicero, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Didymus of Alexandria, Hermogenes of Tarsus, Plutarch, Lucian of Samosata, Aelius Aristides, Libanius, Zosimus, and Photius.

Keywords: Demosthenes; reception; demegoriai; speeches; Theopompus of Chios; Anaximenes of Lampsacus; Timaeus; Aesion; Hermippus; Demochares

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