Many critics, ancient and modern, have regarded this as the greatest of all Demosthenes’ political orations. The lessons of history (from the. P. Francis, ; Philippics, T. Leland, ; Philippics (Orations of. Demosthenes on occasions of public deliberation, of Dinarchus against. Demosthenes, of. Complete summary of Demosthenes’ The Philippics. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Philippics.

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We ourselves, in the first place, must conduct the resistance and make preparation for it–with ships, that is, and money, and soldiers.

The Public Orations of Demosthenes/Philippic III

No single event do you ever discern before it occurs—before you have heard that something has happened or is happening. And yet they show no such feeling in regard to Philip, although not only is he no Hellene, not only has he no kinship with Hellenes, but he is not even a barbarian from a country that one could acknowledge with credit;–he is a pestilent Macedonian, from whose country it used not to be possible to buy even a slave of any value. However, the boundaries of what is acceptable in terms of demsothenes about oneself are not always easily clear and are therefore prone to rhetorical manipulation.

The reasons for this change might be identi- fied in the heated athenian political context after Demosthenes employs praeteritio while seeking to refocus this topos and his speech as a whole towards what is useful under the current circumstances 2. Retrieved from ” https: A Theory of Civic Dis- course.

Do you bid me tell you, and will you not be angry if I do so? And what is this? He claims that he is not used to self-promotion, although this practice is expedient for speakers engaging in it 4. No detail is here neglected, nothing is left indefinite. You philippifs not been vanquished–you have never even stirred.

The task is yours. The Third Philippic seems to have been delivered in the late spring or early summer of B. They have been sold in the market and are gone; and those have been philippcis in their stead, philippiccs which the nation lies ruined and plague-stricken–the envy of the man who has received his hire; the amusement which accompanies his avowal; [the pardon granted to those whose guilt is proved;] the hatred of one who censures the crime; and all the appurtenances of corruption.


You ask what I bid you do. But so far am I from admitting that one who acts in this manner is observing the Peace which he made with you, that I hold that in grasping at Megara, in setting up tyrants in Euboea, in advancing against Thrace at the present moment, in pursuing his machinations in the Peloponnese, and in carrying out his entire policy with the help of his army, he is violating the Peace pjilippics is making war against you;–unless you mean to say that even to bring up engines to besiege you is no breach of the Peace, until they are demosthened planted against your walls.

Do not speak to me of ten thousand or twenty thousand mercenaries.

REG, p. View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The rest must be mercenaries. Translated by Arthur Wallace Pickard.

Giving an impres- sion of growing confidence in his own abilities as advisor and a need to combat hostility are probably two sides of the same coin. In other languages Add links. This is the only extant speech that probably accompa- nied a draft proposal by Demosthenes himself. It is not those whose cry is ‘At once’, ‘To-day’, whose proposals will meet our need; for what has already happened cannot be prevented by any expedition now.

Finally, by castigating the decisions or harmful advice given demosthends rival politi- cians the orator promotes his own wisdom and reliability, although excessive criticism of rivals also risks demoathenes the audience.

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Sort places alphabeticallyas they appear on the pageby frequency Click on a place to search for it in this document. The characterisation by means of antithesis to the unnamed opponents when the latter are collectively denounced is a useful, indirect means of self-characterisation.


The orator opposed the use of ddmosthenes in the Athenian army and proposed the creation of a flexible military force, which would remain in Macedon and harass Philip’s army. Of course, even one speech may provide allusions to what the opponent had said or was planning to say, or to street gossip.

First, I shall make some preliminary methodological observations in relation to the portrayal of ethos in a deliberative context.

It is because, men of Athens, I wish you to see and to realize, that so long as you are on your guard you have nothing to fear; but that if you are indifferent, nothing can be as you would wish: Which were the destroyers of their country? But for a pitched battle he is in better training than we.

More substantively, I have ques- tions on two different paths, the first of which is to follow up our discussion of this morning: Trevett from the assembly as far as giving advice is concerned 9, 3: Demosthenes encouraged his countrymen, trying to convince them that the defeats they suffered were due to their mistakes and to Philip’s competence.

For in Eretria, [26] when Plutarchus and the mercenaries had been got rid of, and the people had control of the city and of Porthmus, one party wished to entrust the State to you, the other to entrust it to Philip.

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Despite the passionate style of the orator, it seems that ecclesia did not espouse his views and insisted in the ensuing military preparations, obliging Demosthenes to repeat the same argumentation in the Olynthiacs. Thank you for your observations, Manfred. Greek and Roman Materials. Demosthenes, Exordia;hilippics.