After Demosthenes: The Politics of Early Hellenistic Athens by Andrew J. Bayliss 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 acquired view that Hellenistic Athens and her political leaders have been substantially diverse from their Classical opposite numbers is essentially fallacious. via a re-evaluation of the inner politics of Hellenistic Athens, either by way of its key associations and its political leaders, After Demosthenes presents a finished research of Athenian political existence from 322-262 BC. Drawing on literary and epigraphic proof 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 method. The best political figures, each one of whom might be pointed out with a selected ideological perspective, are explored in a sequence of biographical stories. reading 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 glossy perspectives of Hellenistic Athens.

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For Jonathan Swift Phocion’s downfall could be seen to be a direct result of too much power lying in the hands of the masses. When Swift (1701, p. 21) attacked the impeachment of the Whig ministers Edward Russell, John Summers, Charles Montagu and William Bentinck, he cast them in the roles of Miltiades, Themistocles, Aristides, Pericles and Phocion. 10; Diod. 15; Plut. Demosthenes 23), whereby Phocion personally diverts Alexander from his plan to execute the leading Athenian orators despite having spoken in favour of handing the orators over to Alexander before his unjust fall at the hands of a plot between the Macedonian regent Polyperchon and the Athenian people: ‘But Polyperchon, in hatred to Phocion, having by Order of the young King .

43) later adds that Phocion was impeached despite being ‘guilty of no other Crime but negotiating a Treaty for the Peace and Security of his Country’. Drake (1702, p. 118) countered on the grounds that Themistocles was ambitious; Pericles pandered to the people; and Phocion ‘went over to Philip of Macedon, Alexander and Antipater’. Drake was The Reception of Hellenistic Athens 31 alone in this view, and it would be considerably more than a century before the Athenians’ ideological motives for eliminating Phocion were so well understood.

The Reception of Hellenistic Athens 41 Their speech was certainly Grecian, their manners were Grecian, their religion was Grecian; with differences, as far as they are reported to us, not greater than existed among the different republics. Eighteenth-century writers even allow the Seleucids and Ptolemies Greek status. Robertson (1793, p. 36) justifies extending his Greek history to the Roman conquest by claiming that for other writers, ‘the end of the history of Greece is . . extended to the period of the extinction of the government of the Seleucidae in Asia by Pompey the Great .

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