Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Demosthenes
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(Δημοσθένης/Dēmosthénēs; Latin Demosthenes)

A. Historical dimension

The Athenian orator, lawyer and politician D. (384–322 BC) was, according to Werner Jaeger, the first European whose biography we know relatively exactly, including his youth [07.5]; cf. [13.61]. Most of the information about his life and character comes from references he made to himself in his speeches. His contemporaries and opponents, such as Aeschines, Deinarchus and Hyperides also referred to him in their speeches. There is also a biography by Plutarch, a…

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Huss, Bernhard, “Demosthenes”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004613>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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