Lives of the Attic Orators: Texts from Pseudo-Plutarch, Photius, and the Suda

Front Cover
Joseph Roisman
Oxford University Press, 2015 - History - 381 pages
This volume provides a complete translation of, and historical and historiographical commentary on, the lives of the ten Attic orators given by Pseudo-Plutarch, Photius, and the Suda.

Assessing these works as important historical sources for the individual lives and careers of the orators whose works have survived, this systematic study explores how these literary biographies were constructed, the information they provide, and their veracity. In-depth commentary notes offer contextual information, explain references and examine individual rhetorical phrases, and a glossary of technical terms provides a quick reference guide to the more obscure oratorical and political terms. The volume also includes a detailed introduction which discusses the evolution of Greek oratory and rhetoric; the so-called Canon of the Ten Orators; the authorship, dates, and sources of the biographies provided by Pseudo-Plutarch, Photius, and the Suda; and a brief consideration of orators whose speeches were either falsely attributed to Demosthenes or may be referenced in the ancient lives.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


PseudoPlutarch Lives of the Ten Orators
PseudoPlutarch Lives of the Ten Orators
PseudoPlutarch Lives of the Orators
The Suda
Glossary of Technical Terms
Select Index

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2015)

Joseph Roisman is Professor of Classics at Colby College.

Ian Worthington is Curators' Professor of History at the University of Missouri.

Robin Waterfield was a university lecturer and publisher before becoming a full-time writer.

Bibliographic information