From The Greek Orators by J. F. Dobson, M. A., London: Methuen and Co. Ltd., 1919; pp. i-viii.
TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,
PROFESSOR OF GREEK IN THE UNIVERSITY
First published in 1919
P R E F A C E
THE object of this book is to provide a reasonably short account of the works of the Orators and to give a general idea of the style of each. It seemed to me at the outset that this object could be best attained, not by applying methods of scientific analysis, but by giving numerous quotations from the speeches to emphasise the points which I wished to bring out. I have therefore avoided as far as possible the technicalities of criticism, and illustrated my remarks by translations of characteristic passages, hoping thus to make my work easily accessible not only to classical students, but also to others who, while generally interested in the Classics, have not the time or the capacity to study then in the original.
I have no idea of superseding the standard works on the subject, such as Jebb’s Attic Orators and Blass’ Attische Beredsamkeit, which deal with the subject more fully and from a somewhat different point of view. No student of the Orators can afford to neglect the works of these scholars, but though I have frequently consulted them, I have by no means considered myself bound by their opinions; in fact, my chief claim to consideration is that my own judgments are entirely independent of authority, and are based directly vi upon a first-hand study of the extant writings of the Orators.
The chief work, in addition to the two above mentioned, to which I am indebted is Croiset’s Histoire de la Littérature Grecque.
I have to thank Balliol College and the Clarendon Press for permission to print extracts from Jowett’s Plato.
J. F. DOBSON
BRISTOL, July 1919
C O N T E N T S
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I. THE BEGINNINGS OF ORATORY 1
II. ANTIPHON 19
III. THRASYMACHUS — ANDOCIDES 50
IV. LYSIAS 74
V. ISAEUS 103
VI. ISOCRATES 126
VII. MINOR RHETORICIANS 160
VIII. AESCHINES 163
IX. DEMOSTHENES 199
X. PHOCION, DEMADES, PYTHEAS 268
XI. LYCURGUS, HYPERIDES, DINARCHUS 271
I. THE DECLINE OF ORATORY 308