By Aggelos Kapellos
Lysias’ 21st speech “On a cost of taking bribes” is a crucial instance of Attic oratory that sheds major gentle on Classical historical past and society. added after the recovery of democracy in 402 B.C.E., this speech presents details that's severe for our knowing of the connection among the Athenian demos and aristocrats, Athenian civic associations (e.g., taxation, liturgies and conscription), spiritual ideals, ethical values, political habit, and, specifically, of the criminal and rhetorical remedy of embezzlement and bribery. It additionally provides specified information regarding the army engagement of the Athenians at Aegospotami and the position of Alcibiades within the political lifetime of Athens. regardless of its value, even though, Lysias’ speech hasn't ever been the topic of an in depth learn in its personal correct. This quantity seeks to fill that hole through offering the 1st systematic observation in this speech. the writer places a lot emphasis on its constitution, method, and argumentation, focusing in particular at the stress among the particular practices of the nameless consumer of the logographer and civic beliefs invoked within the current case. The ebook is meant to be of curiosity to classicists, historical historians and political theorists, but in addition to the overall reader.
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