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By S. C. Todd

Lysias was once the major Athenian speech-writer of the iteration (403-380 BC) following the Peloponnesian struggle, and his speeches shape a number one resource for all elements of the background of Athenian society in this interval. The speeches are extensively learn this present day, now not least as a result of their simplicity of linguistic kind. This simplicity is usually misleading, even though, and one of many goals of this statement is to aid the reader verify the rhetorical ideas of every of the
speeches and the customarily hugely tendentious manipulation of argument. This quantity comprises the textual content itself (reproduced from Carey's OCT and gear criticus), with a dealing with translation. each one speech gets an intensive creation, overlaying common questions of interpretation. within the lemmatic section
of the statement, person words are tested intimately, supplying a detailed examining of the Greek textual content. to maximise accessibility, the Greek lemmata are observed by means of translation, and person Greek phrases are as a rule transliterated. this can be the 1st a part of a projected multi-volume remark at the speeches and fragments, so that it will be the 1st complete statement on Lysias in glossy times.

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