18th Century Leather Bound Book “Several Orations of Demosthenes” – Antique Classical Greek & European History, 1744
Several Orations of Demosthenes, Exciting the Athenians To Oppose the Exorbitant Power of Philip King of Macedon. Translated, in the Years 1702 and 1744, from the Original Greek, by the Earl of Peterborough, Lord Landowne, Dr. Garth, Colonel Stanhope, Mr. Topham, and Other Hands.
18th Century Leather Bound Book Titled “Several Orations of Demosthenes” – by the prominent 4th Century B.C. Greek statesman Demosthenes | Published in London by J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper in the Strand, 1744 |This antique volume is bound in full calf leather, with raised bands. Gilt ruling can be seen on the spine, and the front and rear covers have gilt borders. The spine displays mild chipping, but the binding is sound and intact. The armorial bookplate of E. H. Greenly is affixed to the front pastedown. A previous owner’s signature and notations in ink appear on the title page. The title page and preliminary pages have toned edges | Approx. Measurements: 6.75″ H x 4.5″ W.
Publisher: Printed for J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper
Binding: Leather Bound Hardcover
Pagination: 342 pages
Size: Width: 4.5″ Height: 6.75″
Book Details: This volume of translations of Demosthenes’ speeches against Philip of Macedonia was issued at the beginning of the War of the Austrian Succession when Britons feared the aggressiveness of the French. The orations are preceded by a history of ancient Greece and a biographical sketch of Demosthenes.
Full Title: Several Orations of Demosthenes, Exciting the Athenians To Oppose the Exorbitant Power of Philip King of Macedon. Translated, in the Years 1702 and 1744, from the Original Greek, by the Earl of Peterborough, Lord Landowne, Dr. Garth, Colonel Stanhope, Mr. Topham, and Other Hands. To Which Is Prefix’d a Preface, Taken from the French of Monsieur Tourreil, Containing a Short View of the History of Greece, and the Life of Demosthenes. The Whole Carefully Revised and Corrected, with Libanius’s Arguments, and Some Notes from Ulpian, Now First Added.
Author: Demosthenes – Demosthenes was a prominent Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens. His orations constitute a significant expression of contemporary Athenian intellectual prowess and provide an insight into the politics and culture of ancient Greece during the 4th century BC. Demosthenes learned rhetoric by studying the speeches of previous great orators. He delivered his first judicial speeches at the age of 20, in which he argued effectively to gain from his guardians what was left of his inheritance. For a time, Demosthenes made his living as a professional speech-writer (logographer) and a lawyer, writing speeches for use in private legal suits.
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