Andrew J. Bayliss's After Demosthenes: The Politics of Early Hellenistic Athens PDF

By Andrew J. Bayliss

ISBN-10: 1441111514

ISBN-13: 9781441111517

This quantity demanding situations preconceptions of Athenian politics and historical past. It units out to illustrate that the generally got view that Hellenistic Athens and her political leaders have been greatly diversified from their Classical opposite numbers is essentially unsuitable. via a re-assessment of the inner politics of Hellenistic Athens, either by way of its key associations and its political leaders, After Demosthenes offers a finished research of Athenian political lifestyles from 322-262 BC. Drawing on literary and epigraphic facts the ebook identifies those that participated within the governing of Athens, and their factors for doing so, and redefines the character of Athenian political ideology within the procedure. The best political figures, each one of whom could be pointed out with a specific ideological perspective, are explored in a sequence of biographical reviews. analyzing the highbrow origins of contemporary scholarly feedback of democracy within the Athens of this era, this quantity exhibits how the politics of scholarly discourse have distorted sleek perspectives of Hellenistic Athens.

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For Montagu (1759, p. 154) the failure of the policies of both Demosthenes and Phocion is an indicator that the polis had already failed: ‘Phocion and Demosthenes failed, because corruption had extinguished publick virtue, and luxury had changed the spirit of liberty into licentiousness and servility’. 41 Plutarch and the Enlightenment commentators who relied upon him did not have to look far for signs of that degeneracy. The Reception of Hellenistic Athens 37 Athens and Demetrius Poliorcetes: Degenerate Flatterers Modern commentators find the ultimate proof of the death of their ideal polis in 307 with the deification of Demetrius Poliorcetes.

Phocion 20). Thus, an eighteenthcentury re-publication of a work by Desiderius Erasmus (1753, pp. 260–1) records the fact that: 28 After Demosthenes Phocion was by birth an Athenian: but his discourse was so grave, pithy, and full of useful remarks, with a sententious brevity, besides being so austere and upright in his morals, that he might in these respects be styl’d a Lacedemonian. He resembled Socrates in this in particular, that the constancy of his mind was such, as never to be seen either to laugh or weep.

G. Millot, Robertson), or excessive flattery towards Demetrius Poliorcetes (Gast, Gillies, Robertson, William Young). The influential Rollin (1738, vol. 7, p. 132) covers both views, criticizing the Athenians for their behaviour toward both Demetriuses: ‘The extreme ingratitude the Athenians discovered towards Demetrius Phalereus, was no less criminal and extravagant than the immoderate acknowledgement they had just shown to their new master’. So too does Robertson (1793, p. 490) who not only condemns the Athenians for overthrowing Demetrius of Phalerum, whom he ranks ‘among the greatest men that Athens every produced’, but proceeds (1793, p.

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