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Title: The Orations of Aeschines and Demosthenes, Concerning the Crown
Description: Dublin, Ireland, E. Dobson, 1732. 1st edition. Leather Bound. pp. [56], 320. 8vo. Bound in contemporary full leather. The unnumbered preliminary pages contain the dedication, a preface, an errata page, and a rather extensive list of subscribers. The boards are a bit bowed causing small splits at the spine end joints. The leather is rubbed and scuffed. The hinges are a bit tender but still tight. There is an old worm hole affecting the gutter in about the last half of the book. The contents are quite clean and unmarked. Overall, a good copy. The text is divided in to two parts: the first being Aeschines' oration against Ctesiphon concerning the Crown; and the second is Demsothenes' oration for Ctesiphon concerning the Crown. Aeschines was an Athenian orator and great rival of Demosthenes. He was born about 320 B.C. but little is known about him except that he and Demosthenes were frequently at odds with each other over the fate of Athens and its relations with Philip of Macedon. Only three of his speeches survive. This is one of them. Demosthenes (384-322 B.C.), also Athenian, is much better known today and more of his speeches and writings have survived. His claim to greatness rests as much on his character as on his oratory, and his sincere and far-sighted patriotism trenchantly expressed in simple language (see The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, p. 182). Thomas Dawson was chaplain to the commander-in-chief of Ireland, Lord Viscount Molesworth (1680-1750), when he translated the Greek text into English and added his own 'Notes Historical, Geographical, and Critical'. He dedicated this volume to the Archbishop of Armagh (Primate of Ireland).

Keywords: Athens; Philip of Macedon; Greek oratory; Classics;

Price: US$ 350.00 Seller: Greenfield Books
- Book number: 9900039870

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