'Even if everyone else succumbs to slavery, we must still fight for our freedom.'
Admired by many in the ancient world as the greatest of the classic Athenian orators, Demosthenes was intimately involved in the political events of his day. As well as showing a master orator at work, his speeches are a prime source for the history of the period, when Athens was engaged in a doomed struggle against the rising power of Macedon under the brilliant father and son, Philip and Alexander. Demosthenes wrote for the courts, both for political trials in which he was involved and for
other cases in which he acted as ghost-writer for plaintiff or defendant, and his lawcourt speeches give an unrivalled glimpse of the daily life of ancient Athens. He also played a central role in education in Greece and Rome from the Hellenistic period onward, and was imitated by the greatest of Roman
This selection includes the fullest range of Demosthenes' speeches, for trials both public and private and for the assembly, in a single volume.
• The only single-volume edition of Demosthenes, the greatest of the Athenian orators, in a new translation accompanied by an invaluable introduction and notes.• The selection of 19 speeches covers the full range of Demosthenes' public and private speeches and the major issues, legal and poltical, raised by the Demosthenic corpus.• Demosthenes' speeches are illuminating not only for the study of oratory and rhetoric, but for their insights into the private world of ancient Athens and the internal workings of the Athenian political and legal systems. He is a prime source for the history of the period, when Philip of Macedon, and his son Alexander, posed a growing threat to Athenian independence.• Translated by Robin Waterfield, a distinguished translator of Greek texts including Plato, Herodotus, Plutarch, and Polybius, and introduced and annotated by Chris Carey, an expert on Demosthenes and Greek oratory.