Preface Acknowledgements List of Illustrations and Maps Demosthenes' Life: The Main Events Speech Numbers and Titles Quotations and Abbreviations Chapter 1. Preamble: "Politicians and Heroes" Chapter 2. Demosthenes, Son of Demosthenes Chapter 3. Greece and the Awakening of Macedonia Chapter 4. Into the Public Eye Chapter 5. The Aspiring Politician Chapter 6. Swaying the Assembly Chapter 7. An Uneasy Peace Chapter 8. Resisting Philip Chapter 9. "Speeches Like Soldiers" Chapter 10. The End of Greek Freedom Chapter 11. "For the Conqueror, Death" Chapter 12. Demosthenes and Alexander the Great Chapter 13. The Crown Trial Chapter 14. Decline and Fall Chapter 15. Poison from the Pen Appendix: Ancient Coinage and Months of the Attic Year Bibliography Index
Ian Worthington is Curators' Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Missouri and author of By the Spear: Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the Rise and Fall of the Macedonian Empire.
"Informative and lively... Catchy chapter titles and subheadings elucidate and enhance this well-referenced explication of a complex historical period, as do the detailed chronology, catalogue of orations and comprehensive index... [A] masterful conversion of Demosthenes' convoluted rhetoric into a compelling narrative." --The Classical Journal "'Look to the end', went the ancient Greek motto, and the suicidal end of Professor Worthington's subject was far from ignoble, like much of his actively democratic political life, which is here thoroughly investigated, persuasively estimated, and ultimately celebrated as that of one who stood bravely against tyranny." --Paul Cartledge, A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, Cambridge University, and author of Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction "This is a gripping story of Macedonian ascendance, Athenian retrenchment-and the efforts of a gifted, but flawed Demosthenes to reverse the course of history. In both accessible and erudite fashion, Ian Worthington guides us through the labyrinth of Greek and Macedonian politics, and the result is not only first-rate history, but lessons for any age--ours especially--when the fear of civilizational decline, and its supposed remedies, become near obsessions." --Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow, Classics and Military History, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and author of The Other Greeks and A War Like No Other "Demosthenes' life is a powerful case study of the conflict between democracy and monarchy, and this book will be welcomed by both scholars and non-specialist readers because it is highly accessible, fair in its treatment of controversial issues, yet not afraid to state an opinion. A must-read for anyone interested in ancient politics and rhetoric." --Joseph Roisman, Professor of Classics, Colby College, and author of Alexander's Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors "Ian Worthington has recently written a very fine introduction to Demosthenes' career...an erudite but readable biography. It is sober, balanced, and analytical." --Barry Strauss, The New Criterion "A most welcome addition to the extensive scholarly literature on this subject... I would strongly recommend this well-balanced, accessible and thorough monograph to scholars and non-specialist readers." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review