Comparative Politics

A Commentary on Selected Speeches of Isaios by Brenda Griffith-Williams

By Brenda Griffith-Williams

In A remark on chosen Speeches of Isaios, Brenda Griffith-Williams deals a clean perception, obtainable to non-Greek readers, into 4 disputed inheritance instances from the Athenian courts within the 4th century B.C. the one entire English language remark on Isaios (Wyse, 1904) displays a detrimental view of the Athenian criminal method as one during which the judges, who had no felony education, may be simply outwitted through an unscrupulous speechwriter with out regard for the reality. by means of addressing the advanced interaction of authentic, felony, and rhetorical concerns within the chosen speeches, Brenda Griffith-Williams identifies the strengths and weaknesses of every speaker's case and offers a extra balanced evaluation of Isaios's paintings.

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4). It is clear that in the Athenian context, evidence on family relations, character and observance of religious customs could, at least in some circumstances, support or negate a proposition such as the validity of a will or the legitimacy of a claimant’s relationship to the deceased. A fact that would probably not be considered relevant by a modern court—for example, that a claimant either did or did not bury the deceased—might have been seen as supporting a case in the different cultural context of classical Athens.

6; Boëthius (1918) and Parke (1939) on Isa. 7; Wade-Gery and Merritt (1936), Bourriot (1982), Welsh (1991), and Rosivach (2005) on Isa. 9. , Brown (1983), Karabélias (1975), Karabélias (2005), MacDowell (1982). 101 Cf.  the function of the comic theatre is not to reflect the realities of contemporary society, but, starting from those realities, to make people laugh by exaggerating them”); and see the introduction to Isa. 10, p. 203. 102 Harrison (1947), Lewis (1959) and Thompson (1976) have all challenged Wyse’s view that Theopompos, the speaker of Isa.

Modern Scholarship Suspicion of rhetorical cleverness is not, of course, confined to the ancient world. 92 Jones’s assessment of Isaios is, nevertheless, essentially positive, reflecting, without moral disapproval, a professional appreciation of the logographer’s efforts to win cases. 93 Wyse’s work on Isaios has two great strengths: his minute attention to textual detail and his recognition that a corpus of forensic speeches cannot be treated as if it were a legal textbook aiming to give an objective account of the law.

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