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By Andrew J. Bayliss

This quantity demanding situations preconceptions of Athenian politics and heritage. It units out to illustrate that the commonly acquired view that Hellenistic Athens and her political leaders have been significantly diversified from their Classical opposite numbers is essentially incorrect. via a second look of the interior politics of Hellenistic Athens, either when it comes to its key associations and its political leaders, After Demosthenes presents a accomplished research of Athenian political lifestyles from 322-262 BC. Drawing on literary and epigraphic proof the ebook identifies those that participated within the governing of Athens, and their explanations for doing so, and redefines the character of Athenian political ideology within the approach. The best political figures, every one of whom could be pointed out with a specific ideological perspective, are explored in a chain of biographical reports. reading the highbrow origins of recent scholarly feedback of democracy within the Athens of this era, this quantity indicates how the politics of scholarly discourse have distorted sleek perspectives of Hellenistic Athens.

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490) who not only condemns the Athenians for overthrowing Demetrius of Phalerum, whom he ranks ‘among the greatest men that Athens every produced’, but proceeds (1793, p. 494) to castigate the Athenians for the degeneracy of the ‘democratical form of government’ and their servility to their new conqueror: The Athenians, with a view of making court to the conqueror . . heaped the most extravagant honours on Demetrius Poliorcetes and his father Antigonus, calling them their kings and tutelary gods, and carrying their pictures in the procession at the feast of Minerva.

73). 26 After Demosthenes Archaic Greece is equated with adolescence and early manhood, a period of growth; the fifth century is again equated with mature age, the prime of life, while the Hellenistic period is seen as on a par with senility. To sum up the Victorian view of Greek history, Jenkyns (1980, p. 74) writes, ‘Frederick Temple could write casually, as though it were undisputed fact, “Greek history hardly begins before Solon, and it hardly continues after Alexander” ’. When Greek history and Greek liberty are viewed as entities that can grow, age, decline and die, the decline of Greece can only be seen as inevitable and unavoidable.

Demosthenes is the central figure in what must be considered to be the first modern work of Greek history, Jacques de Tourreil’s hundred-page ‘Historical Preface’ to his translation of Demosthenes’ speeches. For de Tourreil (1702, p. 134), Demosthenes is last of the Greeks to remain free and to make a stand against the attempts of the Macedonian kings to stamp out liberty: His last attempt to restore the Liberty of Greece, has something more Noble in it than all the rest. ‘Twas not then Philip, Conqueror of Cheronæa, before whom all Athens bowed, and to whom all Greece submitted, except the invincible Soul of Demosthenes; but ‘was Alexander, and Alexander already Triumphing in Asia, whom this zealous Republican attempts to drive out of Europe: the man of whom the World stood in awe could not silence this Orator.

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