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Examining the documents found in Demosthenes' On the Crown, Against Meidias, Against Aristocrates, Against Timocrates, and Apollodorus' Against Neaera, the core of the volume, which includes a chapter by Edward M. Harris, provides a guide for the reliability of the individual documents, and advances new interpretations of important Athenian laws, such as homicide regulations, legislative procedures, laws on theft, seduction, naturalization, and outlawry. Canevaro argues that some of the documents have been inserted into the speeches in an Athenian environment at the beginning of the third century BC and are therefore reliable, while many others are later forgeries. These forgeries are early products of the tradition of historical declamations and progymnasmata, and could be used as evidence of Hellenistic oratory and rhetorical education.
Mirko Canevaro is Chancellor's Fellow in Classics at the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, The University of Edinburgh
Table of Contents
Preface and Ackowledgements
List of Tables
2. The Against Aristocrates (Dem. 23)
3. The Against Timocrates (Dem. 24)
4. The Against Neaera ([Dem.] 59)
5. The Against Meidias (Dem. 21), by E. M. Harris
6. The Speech On the Crown (Dem. 18)
7. Conclusions: The Origin of the Documents