Orations of Demosthenes: Pronounced to Excite the Athenians Against Philip, King of Macedon; and on Occasions of Public Deliberation

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Colonial Press, 1900 - Athens (Greece) - 448 pages

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Page 438 - Was he not to secure Euboea as our defence against all attacks by sea? Was he not to make Bceotia our barrier on the midland side?
Page 442 - And in this affection you find me firm and invariable. Not the solemn demand of my person, not the vengeance of the Amphictyonic council which they denounced against me, not the terror of their threatenings, not the flattery of their promises, no, nor the fury of those accursed wretches, whom they roused like wild beasts against me, could ever tear this affection from my breast.
Page 37 - I should be superior to you, who are wholly engaged in contriving delays, and framing decrees, and inquiring after news. I am not surprised at this, for the contrary must have been surprising : if we, who never act, in any single...
Page 330 - ... prizes to a few, and those the most worthy, and on such conditions as the laws prescribe, you will have many champions in this contest of merit. But if you gratify any man that pleases, or those who can secure the strongest interest, you will be the means of corrupting the very best natural dispositions. That you may conceive the force of what I here advance, I must explain myself still more clearly. Which, think ye, was the more worthy citizen — Themistocles, who commanded your fleet when...
Page 414 - ... had you bellowed out your terrible denunciations (you, whose voice was never heard) ; yet, even in such a case, must this city have pursued the very same conduct if she had retained a thought of glory, of her ancestors, or of future times : for thus she could only have been deemed unfortunate in her attempts ; and misfortunes are the lot of all men whenever it may please Heaven to inflict them.
Page 14 - Athenians, what is the reason (think ye) that the public festivals in honour of Minerva and of Bacchus are always celebrated at the appointed time, whether the direction of them falls to the lot of men of eminence, or of persons less distinguished: (festivals which cost more treasure than is usually expended upon a whole navy ; and more numbers and greater preparations, than any one perhaps ever cost) while your expeditions have been all too late, as that to Methone, that to Pegasai, that to Potidaea.
Page 52 - Thebans engaged at home ; and not one of all the other states of consequence sufficient to dispute the sovereignty with us. Yet, at a time when we might have enjoyed our own dominions in security, and been the umpires in all disputes abroad, our territories have been wrested from us ; we have expended above one thousand five hundred talents to no purpose ; the...
Page 383 - Athenians with the following letter ; " Philip King of Macedon, to the senate and people of Athens, Health. I have received three of your citizens in quality of ambassadors, who have conferred with me about the release of certain ships, commanded by Leodamas.
Page 432 - I shall admit this charge, although experience has convinced me, that what is called the power of eloquence, depends, for the most part, upon the hearers, and that the characters of public speakers are determined by that degree of...
Page 17 - ... is in ourselves; and that, if we are not inclined to carry our arms abroad, we should be forced to engage him at home.

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