Many critics, ancient and modern, have regarded this as the greatest of all Demosthenes’ political orations. The lessons of history (from the. P. Francis, ; Philippics, T. Leland, ; Philippics (Orations of. Demosthenes on occasions of public deliberation, of Dinarchus against. Demosthenes, of. Complete summary of Demosthenes’ The Philippics. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Philippics.

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It is not so now. This is followed by a more assertive expression of his foresight But the nature of the armament which, I believe, will set you free from such troubles as these, the numbers of the force, the source from which we must obtain funds, and the best and quickest way, as it seems to me, of making all further preparations—all this, men of Athens, I will at once endeavour to explain when I have made one request philippjcs you.

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The Public Orations of Demosthenes/Philippic III

Of course, we ought to have done, or not to have done, philipppics and such things! And–not to mention each separately–I believe that the same thing was true of all. Late in the autumn of we find him once more in Thrace. You ask what I bid you do. Athens, therefore, listened neither to Amphipolis nor to Olynthus, which had also made overtures to her.

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This recalls strategies also attested in forensic oratory and confirms the idea of the toxicity of contemporary political life, which also emerges from the prooemium of the Third Philippic cf. Retrieved from ” https: Works by Demosthenes BC. He also has those who hate him and fear him, men of Athens, and envy him too, even among those who now seem to be his closest friends.


After a casual glance at the war to which Athens has sent them, they sail off to Demosthehes, [8] or anywhere rather than to the war; and the general follows them naturally enough, for his power over them is gone when he can give them no pay.

The Public Orations of Demosthenes/Philippic I

There is no doubt that Demosthenes was crafting his public persona and cultivating his assembly ethos during the years he hogged the limelight. As the natural consequence, the Hellenes were a terror to the foreigner, not the foreigner to the Philippcs.

For pyilippics the very day when he annihilated the Phocians–from that very day, I say, I date the beginning of his hostilities against you.

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The Athenians, however, neglected to garrison Amphipolis. Less do I say? Some place the siege and capture of Methone inbut an inscription, C. All Search Options [ view abbreviations ]. And, latest of all, he told those unhappy citizens of Oreus [6] that he had sent his soldiers to visit them and to make kind inquiries; he had heard that they were sick, and suffering from faction, and it was right for an ally and a true friend to be present at such a time.

Demosthenes, ExordiaDem. Finally, by castigating the decisions or harmful advice given by rival politi- cians the orator promotes his own wisdom and reliability, although excessive criticism of rivals also risks alienating the audience.

However, the boundaries of what is acceptable in terms of talking about oneself are not always easily clear and are therefore prone to rhetorical manipulation. Views Read Edit View history. In the three Olynthiacs, Demosthenes philippice a more sophisticated command of diverse techniques of self-character- isation. The city needed strong leaders to lead it through a crisis that magnified the tensions and led to polarisation among athenian political groups. It is folly to sacrifice what is our own, and then pretend to be anxious for the interests of others–to neglect the present, and alarm others in regard to the future.


Demosthenes employs praeteritio while seeking to refocus this topos and his speech as a whole towards what is useful under the current circumstances 2. Demosthenes thus portrays himself as a man of action, not just words. However, just as I know what is most beneficial for you to hear, I wish that the person who gave the best speech would also benefit.

Cicero consciously modeled his own condemnations of Mark Antony on Demosthenes’s speeches, and if the correspondence between Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger and Cicero is genuine [ad Brut. Except the one single individual whom you happen to send to the seat of war, they are all marshalling your processions for you with the commissioners of festivals.

Inon recovering from his illness, he entered the territory of Olynthus, which, contrary to the agreement with him, had made peace with Athens in the previous year, apart from himself: Why, from the very first, when the Peace had only just been made, before those who are now in the Chersonese had been sent out, Philip was taking Serrhium [7] and Doriscus, and expelling the soldiers who were phliippics the castle of Philippicx and the Sacred Mountain, where they had been placed by your general.

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