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Interpreting a Classic: Demosthenes and His Ancient Commentators

Craig Gibson


Demosthenes (384–322 B.C.) was an Athenian statesman and a widely read author whose life, times, and rhetorical abilities captivated the minds of generations. Sifting through the rubble of a mostly lost tradition of ancient scholarship, this book tells the story of how one group of ancient scholars helped their readers understand Demosthenes' writings. This book collects, translates, and offers explanatory notes on all the substantial fragments of ancient philological and historical commentaries on Demosthenes. Using these texts to illuminate an important aspect of Graeco-Roman antiquity that ... More

Keywords: Demosthenes, Athenian statesman, philosophical commentaries, ancient scholarship, historical commentaries, Graeco-Roman antiquity, first century B.C., fifth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520229563
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520229563.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig Gibson, author