Demosthenes was punched in the face by Meidias in the theatre at Athens in 348 BC. His prosecution speech for this offence is one of the most intriguing texts in Greek literature. Besides telling the story of his long feud with Meidias, it gives much valuable information about Athenian law and festivals, and about the concept of insolent behaviour which the Greeks called "hybris". It is also an outstanding example of Greek prose writing. The text of this edition is based on a number of manuscripts and is supplemented with a double apparatus criticus giving testimonia and variant readings. The book also includes a complete translation of the speech with detailed commentary, and a full introduction to historical, legal, literary and textual matters.
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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Antiquarian. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1990. XVI,440p. Cloth wrps. 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. Codice libro della libreria 25098