Attic Orators from Antiphon to Isaeos by Richard Claverhouse Jebb

By Richard Claverhouse Jebb

Sir Richard Claverhouse (R. C.) Jebb (1841-1905) was once a famous classical student and flesh presser. Jebb was once college Orator at Cambridge prior to changing into Professor of Greek at Glasgow in 1875, and finally returning to Cambridge as Regius Professor. His many courses contain books on Greek oratory, Homer, and smooth Greece in addition to versions of historic Greek drama. The two-volume Attic Orators from Antiphon to Isaeos (1876) used to be written with basic ambitions: to take care of an important yet usually overlooked portion of Greek literature, Attic prose oratory, and to situate that oratory inside of its social and political contexts. Jebb analyses a few rhetors from the interval earlier than Demosthenes, offering a radical review of the style in this 'best interval of Athens'. quantity 2 specializes in the lives, ancient contexts, and works of Isokrates and Isaeos prior to interpreting the decline and revival of Greek oratory.

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Aristotle conceived such a personal hegemony as political and permanent, without perhaps having formed to himself a definite idea of the manner in which it would affect the individual city. Isokrates conceived it as primarily military, and as assumed for the special purpose of an expedition to Asia. Absorbed in this scheme, and believing in it as a cure for all evils, he does not seem to have contemplated the probable permanency of such a leadership. But if he had been told that such permanency was a condition of the enterprise, he would unquestionably have consented.

G. Antkl. § 46. U THE ATTIC ORATORS. [CHAP. the mass of the citizens, whose social life had lost the higher spiritual elements almost as completely as it could do so without ceasing to be Greek. It was a great thing that a young citizen, who perhaps would never have been drawn into the sphere of the philosophers, should have set before his mind some interests wider and higher than those suggested by the routine of business or pleasure in his own city. Besides this intellectual gain, it was especially a political gain when he was reminded that, over and above the duties of local citizenship, he owed a loyalty to the higher unity of Greece.

32 THE AT TIG ORATORS. [CHAP. early aspirations which I sought to express in my Panegyrilcos and in my Address to you, I see part already coming to pass by your agency, and the rest, I hope, soon to come'1. That is to say, there was now an established leader for Greece; and there would soon be a war with Persia. Suppose, however, that the Third Letter is spurious. Still, how is the motive of the suicide to be explained ? Undoubtedly Isokrates regretted the struggle between Athens and Philip ; it had been brought on by a policy which he disapproved.

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