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Interpreting a ClassicDemosthenes and His Ancient Commentators$
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Craig Gibson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229563

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229563.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Interpreting a Classic

Craig A. Gibson

University of California Press

This introductory chapter discusses Demosthenes, who was one of the most influential authors of Greek and Roman antiquity. It reveals that Demosthenes was one of the orators included in the canon of ten Attic orators, which was a list of recommended authors that may have reached its final form in the second century C.E. The discussion then identifies the challenges that face postclassical readers of Demosthenes and studies the ancient commentaries on Demosthenes. The three working hypotheses that are used in the book are then enumerated.

Keywords:   Demosthenes, Greek and Roman antiquity, Attic orators, challenges, postclassical readers, ancient commentaries

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