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repetition of pronouns such as oŮtos and autós '; we observe a disproportionate number of harsh constructions, and it is curious to notice that a phrase occurring in this speech, which is unexampled in the undisputed writings of Demosthenes, finds its nearest parallels in speeches delivered like the present by Apollodoruso. We may also trace a general resemblance to the style of that against Neaera, the greater part of which was delivered by the same person, a speech which it is impossible to attribute to the authorship of Demosthenes*; and, lastly, there is a certain want of warmth in the peroration, unlike the vigorous style of the great orator himself.
On the whole, without entering into minuter detail,
mom mnoidon the internal evidence is such as to we may consider the internal evidence is such as to throw grave doubts on this speech being the genuine work of Demosthenes, and we are not surprised to find its genuineness called in question by the lexicographer of the Attic Orators, Harpocration", though Plutarch refers it without suspicion to the authorship of Demosthenes, and fancifully contrasts the literary fame of the orator with
1g 6 ad init. aútdv... TOÚTOV... general style, may be quoted aúrý... ajtós. Also, ad fin. TOÚTOV Or. 59 § 16 å mèo ndiknuévos, 6 ...TOÚTOV ... aúrds ... TOÛTOV TOUTOU ävòpes 'Aonvaloi, ÚTÓ Eredávov... ... aúto... ajtóv. Cf. && 4 and 8. ús o coti... TOÛTO únîv Boulouar
2 See ss 11, 12, 24, 29. oaps & Ideičal compared with
3 § 15, éßádišov Tòv kin Or. 53 (Nicostr.) § 19 à uèv τήρα τον ομολογούντα κεκλητευ τοίνυν αδικούμενος, ώ άνδρες διkéval ... tûs yevdokantelas com kaotal, ún' aútûv...ws 8'ÉOTIV... pared with Or. 49 § 56, un... ÉTTIDELEW úuir (noticed by Rehεπί τόνδε κακοτεχνιών έλθοιμι; dantz, vit. Iphicr. p. 194). Add and esp. Or. 52 § 32, ÉTÈ TÒV Or. 59 g 14. Also the tedious Knololdonu BadisELV TÒV duolo references to the plea of revenge, yoûvta Kekoulolal kal &XELV TÒ Or. 59 g 1 wot o'x imápxwv ápyúplov.
ållà Tiuwpoúmeros K.T.N. and * Or. 59 (kard Nealpas) is cf. § 18 ek uikpWv raidiwr with condemned by ancient critics Or. 53 § 19, ék JLK POû maldaplov, (ÜTTLOV Ovta kal mollaxñ tñs while maidápiov mikpóv, though Toll Þýropos dvvdnews evoelorepov common enough in itself, also Arg.). Among modern critics, happens to occur in Or. 59 50. Reiske is its sole Supporter. 5 ει γνήσιος 8. ν. απογραφή, Among the minor points of quoted in note on § 1, p. 134. resemblance, apart from the
the military reputation of the general of that name in the Peloponnesian War'.
We have now to consider the data for arriving at the time when the speech was delivered. In 8 9, Apollodorus describes himself as short of money, owing to differences between himself and Phormio, who was keeping him out of the property left him by his father Pasion, who, it will be remembered, died in B.C. 370. Again, in § 14 we are told, that at the time of the events there related, Apollodorus had not yet brought to a preliminary hearing the suits he had instituted against his relatives (Phormio and others). The suit against Phormio respecting the banking capital (Or. 36) was brought on about B.C. 350. But a much more direct indication is given by a reference in § 5, to a trierarchy involving the speaker's absence from Athens; and it was shortly after his return that the events described in the context occurred. He had to sail round the south of the Peloponnesus, and after touching there to take certain ambassadors to Sicily. It seems probable that we should identify this trierarchy with that mentioned in Or. 45 § 3, which belongs either to B.C. 369 or B.C. 368%. The latter date is more pro. bable, not only for the reason given in the note on that passage, but also because at this period no one was required to be trierarch oftener than once in three years, and we know that Apollodorus was so employed in B. C. 362; hence he may have been trierarch in B.C. 365 and B.C. 368, and probably not in B.c. 369'. Thus if we allow a fair interval of time, for the events mentioned in the speech subsequent to the trierarchy, we may fix on B. C. 366 as the probable date of its delivery. Now, if Demosthenes was born in B.C. 381, he was still a minor in B.C. 366 and too young to have been the writer of the speech ; if, as is more probable, his birth was in B.C. 384, he was only just of age when the speech was delivered, and had enough to do in looking after his own affairs, and preparing, under the guidance of Isaeus, to join issue with his guardians, without writing speeches for other people. Consequently, the probable date of the speech, coinciding as it does with the internal evidence and with the doubts
1 Plut. de gloria Atheniensium chap. 8.
2 Droysen (Zeitschrift für d. Alterthumswissenschaft 1839 p. 929) places the speech in 01. 107, 1 (=B.C. 352—1], and Böhnecke (Forschungen p. 675) in 01. 107,2 [ = B. C. 351-350]. They connect the Sicilian trierarchy of Apollodorus (1) with the despatch sent to Athens in 01. 106, 3 [= B.C. 354–3] by a leading man in Syracuse, Cal. lippus by name; and (2) with a request for assistance on the part of the Messenians, recorded by Pausanias (iv, 28. 2). Arnold Schaefer, however, points out
that we have no authority for stating that the Athenians sent any reply to the overtures of Callippus by sending a special embassy to Sicily, and Apollodorus would have been the last man in the world to have any. thing to do with Callippus, who was his personal enemy (see note on Or. 36 g 53). Besides, Apollodorus would then be in the 40th year of his age, and would have had considerable experience of business, whereas when heundertook this trierarchy, and when he shortly after assisted Nicostratus, he was quite a young man and inexperienced
in the ways of the world ($S 12
without landing at Gytheion,
i Cf. Sigg, Apoll. p. 404, who (with Lortzing) also draws attention to the indication of time in § 4 ÉTTELON étel eúrno ev ó matp...xpóvov dè a poßaivovtos. But it is fair to remark that the subsequent expression whenever I was abroad, either on public service as trierarch, or on my own account on some other business,' while it is not necessarily inconsistent with a single voyage as trierarch, which is all we can assume if we place the period in B.c. 366, is better suited to a date which would allow of more than one absence on public service.
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of Harpocration, makes it almost impossible to ascribe it to the authorship of Demosthenes.
But whether written by Demosthenes, or, as is much more probable, by another, most likely by Apollodorus himself, there can be no reasonable doubt that the speech was actually delivered before an Athenian tribunal. As a study of character, the narrative of the relations between the speaker and his opponents is not without an interest of its own; and the inoralist may there find a fresh exemplification of the wise saw of Polonius,
Never a borrower or a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend. The speech includes several passages of peculiar intricacy, in which the language of Athenian lawcourts and the vocabulary of Attic horticulture will demand special illustration in the course of the commentary'. The knotty points of legal terminology, which may embarrass the beginner, may prove attractive to experts,
qui iuris nodos et legum aenigmata solvunt; though others perhaps will be better pleased to dwell on the details of the speaker's country-home, and will not be sorry to leave for a while the lawcourts of Athens, for the vineyards and orchards, the olives and roses of Attica.
1 pages 146–153.
ΚΑΤΑ ΚΟΝΩΝΟΣ ΑΙΚΙΑΣ. This is a speech for the plaintiff in an action for assault and battery, which arose as follows. One evening the plaintiff, a young Athenian named Ariston, accompanied by a friend, was taking his usual stroll in the market-place of Athens, when he was attacked by the defendant Conon, and his son Ctesias and four others. One of these last fell upon Ariston's friend and held him fast, while Conon and the rest made an onslaught on Ariston, stripped him of his cloak which they carried off with them, threw him violently into the mud, and assaulted him with such brutality that he was for some time confined to his bed and his life despaired of (SS 7–12). · Ariston, on his recovery, had more than one legal course open to him (SS 1 and 24). Conon had, in the first instance, rendered himself liable to summary arrest for stripping off his cloak, and he was still amenable . either to a public indictment for criminal outrage (üßpews ypaon) or to a private suit for assault and battery (aiklas Síkn). To take the former of these last two courses would have proved a task too arduous for so youthful a prosecutor as Ariston, and he accordingly followed the advice of his friends and adopted the safer and less ambitious plan of bringing an action for