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Demosthenes was punched in the face by Meidias in the theater at Athens in 348 B.C. His prosecution speech for this offence is one of the most intriguing texts in Greek literature. It tells the story of his long feud with Meidias and gives much valuable information about Athenian law and festivals, and about the concept of insolent behavior which the Greeks call hubris. This edition presents a larger number of manuscripts than earlier editors have used, and is supplemented with a double apparatus criticus giving testimonia and variant readings. It also provides a full introduction on historical, legal, literary, and textual matters, a complete translation of the speech, and a more detailed commentary than any previously published.
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Book Description Condition: Antiquarian. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1990. XVI,440p. Cloth wrps. Lower part dust wrps slightly creased. Nice copy. (Rare thus). 'An examination of MacDowell's list of previous editions of Against Meidias confirms the measure of neglect suffered by Demosthenes in the twentieth century. (.) The scale of the present commentary (.) reflects not only the editor's interest in the legal questions raised by the speech, but deals with linguistic matters very thoroughly, and draws attention to rhetorical effects to a greater extent than most earlier commentaries on the orators. (.) Although the author does not intend the translation to be read independently of the text, it combines accuracy with readability (.). The Commentary is rich in new insights into historical and legal matters and the many specilised terms used in the speech, and deserves to become a major source of reference (.). Equally full and enlightening is the linguistic comment, aimed at readers of all levels and supplementing the translation where necessary. Stylistic matters too are treated with great sensitivity.' (S. USHER in The Classical Review (New Series), 1991, pp.28-29). From the library of the late Prof. W. Geoffrey Arnott. Antiquarian. Seller Inventory # 25098