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Their behaviour is almost always seen as excessive, irrational, shameful, or downright deranged. 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’.
But the purity of Demosthenes’ character is well known, while his opponents are sufficiently notorious. With Demosthenes canonized, and his death marking the death of Greece, what hope is there for the Athens of Stratocles? The origins of Cawkwell’s metaphor (1996, p. 98) of Athens’ heart beating ‘fitfully’ after her defeat at the hands of Philip of Macedon seem rather clear. Phocion: Socrates Executed Anew? The death of liberty (brought on by the death of Demosthenes) is seen to lead inevitably to degenerate behaviour at Athens in the Hellenistic period.
Among the more pliable men of Vichy’. But Olympiodorus was no more a collaborator than Demochares was an intransigent Gaullist. Olympiodorus’ greatest achievement was expelling Demetrius Poliorcetes’ Macedonian garrison from the city of Athens with a ragtag army of old men and boys, and Demochares’ willingness to beg for money from Macedonians caused Grote to despair of Hellenistic Athens. Recently scholars have begun to 44 After Demosthenes question the idea that Classical Athens was split between pro-Macedonians and anti-Macedonians,53 but little progress has been made when it comes to our understanding of Stratocles and Demochares.
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