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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.
After Demosthenes: The Politics of Early Hellenistic Athens by Andrew J. Bayliss