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

By Andrew J. Bayliss

This quantity demanding situations preconceptions of Athenian politics and historical past. It units out to illustrate that the commonly got view that Hellenistic Athens and her political leaders have been significantly various from their Classical opposite numbers is essentially wrong. via a re-assessment of the interior politics of Hellenistic Athens, either by way of its key associations and its political leaders, After Demosthenes offers a complete research of Athenian political existence from 322-262 BC. Drawing on literary and epigraphic facts the publication 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 strategy. The best political figures, each one of whom will be pointed out with a selected ideological point of view, are explored in a chain of biographical experiences. 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 smooth perspectives of Hellenistic Athens.

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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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