Demosthenes, Speeches 27-38 by Douglas M. MacDowell

By Douglas M. MacDowell

This is often the 8th quantity within the Oratory of Classical Greece. This sequence offers the entire surviving speeches from the past due 5th and fourth centuries BC in new translations ready by means of classical students who're on the vanguard of the self-discipline. those translations are specially designed for the wishes and pursuits of present day undergraduates, Greekless students in different disciplines, and most people. Classical oratory is a useful source for the examine of historical Greek existence and tradition. The speeches provide facts on Greek ethical perspectives, social and fiscal stipulations, political and social ideology, legislation and felony method, and different features of Athenian tradition that experience lately been attracting specific curiosity: girls and family members lifestyles, slavery, and faith, to call quite a few. Demosthenes is thought of as the best orator of classical antiquity. This quantity comprises 5 speeches written for proceedings within which Demosthenes sought to get better his inheritance, which he claimed used to be fraudulently misappropriated and squandered via the trustees of the property. those speeches make clear Athenian structures of inheritance, marriage, and dowry. the quantity additionally comprises seven speeches illustrating the felony approach often called paragraphe, or "counter-indictment." 4 of those are for complaints regarding advertisement delivery, an important element of the Athenian financial system that used to be an important to holding the city's imported nutrition provide. one other issues the recognized Athenian silver mines.

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The next part of the speech is the most important: the listing of all the elements of Demosthenes senior’s estate, including the value of each item and the amounts of income produced. For us, this makes a significant contribution to our understanding of Athenian society and economics. ) Demosthenes claims that by the time he came of age the estate, including ten years’ accumulated income, ought to have been worth 1 The figures are discussed by Davies 1971: 126 –131. 20 demosthenes table 1 Income-producing assets Slaves making knives Slaves making beds Money on loan Non-income-producing assets Ivory, iron, wood Dye, copper House Contents of house Cash Loan to Xuthus Deposit at Pasion’s bank Deposit at Pylades’ bank Loan to Demomeles Other loans Total assets Annual income from those assets Manufacture of knives Manufacture of beds Interest on loans Total annual income 19,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 7,000 3,000 10,000 8,000 7,000 2,400 600 1,600 6,000 82,600 3,000 1,200 720 4,920 about 30 talents, but it is difficult for us to check this claim.

5n. 7n. 5. 15n. 36 32 demosthenes was left, but they don’t produce it. They do that because they don’t want to reveal the size of the property which was left, and which they’ve plundered, and to conceal their possession of the legacies—as if they weren’t going to be easily shown up by the facts themselves. [To the clerk] Take for the jury the testimonies of the men in whose presence they gave their answers, and read them. [testimonies] [42] He 39 says that there was a will, and he testifies that the 2 talents were given to Demophon and the 80 minas to Aphobus; but he does not say that the will also included the 70 minas which Therippides got, nor the size of the property which was left, nor the instructions to lease the estate, for it’s not to his advantage to acknowledge those things too.

I’ll overestimate this at 30 minas, to leave them no room to dispute it. If you deduct this talent from the 8 talents, 7 talents is left, and, from their own acknowledgments of what they received, that’s what they must have kept. So, even if they misappropriate everything else and deny having it, they should have repaid that amount, since they acknowledge getting those sums from my property. [38] But, in fact, what do they do? They report no interest from the money and say they have spent the whole of the principal too, along with the 77 minas; and Demophon has recorded that I owe him money in addition!

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