The Subversive Oratory of Andokides: Politics, Ideology and Decision-Making in Democratic Athens

The Subversive Oratory of Andokides: Politics, Ideology and Decision-Making in Democratic Athens

by Anna Missiou

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By analyzing a selection of speeches of the Athenian orator Andokides and the decisions reached by his audience on each occasion, Dr. Missiou demonstrates that the orator had divergent perceptions, values and attitudes from those of his audience on a number of basic issues. By this means she challenges the criticism, frequently aimed at Athenian democracy, that the decisions of the Assembly during this period were irresponsible and irrational. In particular she ascribes the rejection of Andokides' proposals for peace with the Spartans in 391 BC to the incompatability between the subversive character of his speech, aimed at spreading pro-Spartan and anti-war feelings, and the socio-political needs and demands of his audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521037594
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/12/2007
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Civic virtue in the eyes of an oligarch; 3. The anti-imperialistic argument; 4. Sparta's moral superiority; 5. Andokides, Athenian foreign policy and the principle of gratitude; 6. Rational argument and emotional appeal in the deliberation of 391; 7. The rhetoric of subversion; Bibliography; General index; Index of passages cited.

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