By David Phillips
This ebook is designed basically to supply scholars of Greek heritage with a set oftranslated speeches illustrating political advancements among the tip of thePeloponnesian struggle (404 B.C.) and the demise of Alexander the good (323 B.C.). Thespeeches during this assortment have been introduced in Athens: a few within the meeting, others incourts of legislations. All yet one have been written via citizens of Athens; the only exception, a letterpenned by means of Philip II of Macedon, used to be learn out to the Athenian meeting by means of anambassador. those speeches, hence, are resources of first significance for Atheniandomestic and overseas politics.
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He was not compelled by the Spartans; he invited them to take down the Peiraeus walls and to dismantle the existing constitution— for he knew well that, unless you were deprived of all hope, you would waste no time in punishing him.  And finally, men of the jury, he would not allow the Assembly to meet until he had carefully awaited what they40 called “the right time,” and he had summoned Lysander’s fleet from Samos, and the enemy was encamped in our territory.  Then, when these things were in place and Lysander and Philochares and Miltiades were present,41 they held a meeting of the Assembly concerning the constitution, with the purpose that no speaker would oppose or threaten them, and you would not choose what was best for the city but would ratify what they decreed.
79] Concerning Theramenes I have brought sufficient accusations. For you, though, the time has come to remove pardon and pity from your minds and to punish Eratosthenes and his colleagues. Do not be stronger than the foe in battle but weaker than your enemies at the ballot.  Do not feel more gratitude toward the defendants for what they promise to do than anger for what they have done. Do not plot against the Thirty when they are absent but let them go free when they are present. And do not render worse assistance to yourselves than Fortune did when she handed the defendants over to the city.
So those who wanted to set up an oligarchy stacked the jury,10 went into court, and got him executed on this pretext.  Later, Theramenes arrived from Sparta. Some of the generals and taxiarchs, among them Strombichides11 and Dionysodorus, approached him, as did some other citizens friendly to you (as they would later show), and took great offense. For he had come bearing a peace treaty with which we are all familiar from experience: we lost many good citizens, and we ourselves were driven into exile by the Thirty.
Athenian political oratory: 16 key speeches by David Phillips