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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Spring 2007

GK 324 • Demosthenes

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32165 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
WAG 308

Course Description

This course aims to increaseyour fluency in Greek grammar and syntax through translation and to introduce you to the world of fourth-century BCE oratory and politics. Demosthenes is widely considered the greatest Greek orator in terms of power and style, and he had the fortune (or misfortune) to live during one of the most turbulent periods of Greek history, when Philip II, King of Macedon and Alexander the Great's father, conquered Athens and put an end to the Classical era. We will be reading one of his most celebrated speeches, Or. 19, On the False Embassy, in which Demosthenes accuses Aeschines, one of the Athenian ambassadors (and a famous orator in his own right) who had negotiated a peace with Philip in 346 BCE, of bribing the Macedonian king for his own personal gain. Students are encouraged to purchase a Greek grammar and Lexicon. Grades will be computed on the following basis: Homework and Class participation 20% Midterm I and II 20% each = 40% Cumulative Final 40% Prerequisite: Greek 507, 312K or the equivalent.


Texts: Course Packet


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