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Isaeus

by Michael Edwards

Part of the The Oratory of Classical Greece Series

Isaeus Synopsis

This is the eleventh volume in the Oratory of Classical Greece. This series presents all of the surviving speeches from the late fifth and fourth centuries BC in new translations prepared by classical scholars who are at the forefront of the discipline. These translations are especially designed for the needs and interests of today's undergraduates, Greekless scholars in other disciplines, and the general public. Classical oratory is an invaluable resource for the study of ancient Greek life and culture. The speeches offer evidence on Greek moral views, social and economic conditions, political and social ideology, law and legal procedure, and other aspects of Athenian culture that have recently been attracting particular interest: women and family life, slavery, and religion, to name just a few. The orator Isaeus lived during the fourth century BC and was said to be the teacher of Demosthenes, Athens' most famous orator. Of the fifty or more speeches he is believed to have written, eleven survive in whole, one as a large fragment, and others as smaller fragments. This volume presents all the surviving works of Isaeus. The speeches mainly deal with inheritances and are a vital source of information regarding Greek law in this important area. In addition to translating the speeches, Michael Edwards provides a general introduction to Isaeus and Athenian inheritance law, as well as specific introductions and notes for each speech.

Isaeus Press Reviews

Overall, this is an excellent translation, equipped with very useful notes. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780292716469
Publication date: 1st August 2007
Author: Michael Edwards
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 263 pages
Categories: Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500,

About Michael Edwards

MICHAEL EDWARDS is Professor of Classics at Queen Mary, University of London. MICHAEL EDWARDS is Professor of Classics at Queen Mary, University of London.

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