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 through classical students who're on the vanguard of the self-discipline. those translations are in particular designed for the desires and pursuits of modern undergraduates, Greekless students in different disciplines, and most people. Classical oratory is a useful source for the examine of old Greek existence and tradition. The speeches supply proof on Greek ethical perspectives, social and fiscal stipulations, political and social ideology, legislation and criminal process, and different facets of Athenian tradition that experience lately been attracting specific curiosity: girls and kin 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 complaints within which Demosthenes sought to get well his inheritance, which he claimed was once fraudulently misappropriated and squandered by way of the trustees of the property. those speeches make clear Athenian structures of inheritance, marriage, and dowry. the amount additionally comprises seven speeches illustrating the criminal method often called paragraphe, or 'counter-indictment'. 4 of those are for court cases related to advertisement transport, an important element of the Athenian economic climate that was once an important to protecting the city's imported foodstuff provide. one other matters the recognized Athenian silver mines.
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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]  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.
The deme Melite was in the western part of the town of Athens; cf. Dem. 7. 50 Nothing else is known of Antidorus and Theogenes. Probalinthus was a deme in eastern Attica, near Marathon. 51 Demophon; cf. 38. 27. against aphobus i 37 and these men with their insatiable desire for money, even if they didn’t want to lease the estate, could from that income, while leaving the assets just as they were, have paid both for my maintenance and for the city’s taxation and have saved up the surplus from that in addition,  and by investing the rest of the property, which was double that amount, could have taken moderate amounts from it for themselves, if they had a desire for money, and at the same time, besides preserving my capital, could have increased my estate from the income, yet they did none of those things.
Anagyrus was a deme in the south of Attica, midway between Piraeus and Sunium. 20 The Greek word is diadikasia, meaning a form of trial for deciding between claimants. In a case of antidosis, if no exchange of property took place but the man challenged still refused to perform the liturgy, the challenger could demand a diadikasia to decide which of them should perform it. 21 The dates ﬁxed for the trials of the guardians. 80). 67. 28. against aphobus ii 47 and of us, and of my deceased father. Preserve me, pity me, since they have taken no pity, though they are relatives.