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Deborah E. Kamen
GREEK 508
Seattle Campus

Lysias and Demosthenes

Select speeches, oratorical theory, historical questions.

Class description

In this course, we will read (in Greek) two of the most famous works of Attic oratory: Demosthenesí On the Crown (Dem. 18) and pseudo-Demosthenesí (a.k.a. Apollodorosí) Against Neaira ([Dem.] 59). In the former, the famous orator defends a proposal granting him a crown; in the latter, a freed-slave prostitute is charged with posing as an Athenian citizen. Reading these two works together will illuminate not only the language and style of Attic oratory (in particular, Demosthenic prose), but also a number of social-historical issues (e.g., gender, citizenship, slavery). This course will, in addition, serve as excellent preparation for the Greek PhD exam, since we will be reading the bulk of the Demosthenes on the reading list.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students will read approximately 12-14 OCT pages per week and will be expected to translate in class, as well as discuss assigned scholarship. Every other week, there will be quizzes in the style of PhD exam passages.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Deborah E. Kamen
Date: 03/05/2014