By Brenda Griffith-Williams
In A remark on chosen Speeches of Isaios, Brenda Griffith-Williams deals a clean perception, available to non-Greek readers, into 4 disputed inheritance situations from the Athenian courts within the 4th century B.C. the one complete English language statement on Isaios (Wyse, 1904) displays a destructive view of the Athenian criminal process as one during which the judges, who had no felony education, will be simply outwitted through an unscrupulous speechwriter with out regard for the reality. via addressing the complicated interaction of actual, criminal, and rhetorical concerns within the chosen speeches, Brenda Griffith-Williams identifies the strengths and weaknesses of every speaker's case and offers a extra balanced review of Isaios's paintings.
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Münscher (1919/1920), 41. , Labarbe (1953), Kamps (1938), and Thompson (1970) on Isa. 6; Boëthius (1918) and Parke (1939) on Isa. 7; Wade-Gery and Merritt (1936), Bourriot (1982), Welsh (1991), and Rosivach (2005) on Isa. 9. , Brown (1983), Karabélias (1975), Karabélias (2005), MacDowell (1982). 101 Cf. the function of the comic theatre is not to reflect the realities of contemporary society, but, starting from those realities, to make people laugh by exaggerating them”); and see the introduction to Isa.
28 general introduction some of the over-literal readings of nineteenth century classicists and legal historians,94 but it led him to an extreme mistrust of everything that Isaios said, whether on Athenian law or on the facts of a particular case. Underlying his interpretation is a negative assessment of the Athenian legal system as one in which untrained adjudicators were easily outwitted by unscrupulous logographers who had no regard for the truth. The ethical standards by which he judges Isaios are anachronistic, and the influence of Roman law led him to an inappropriate assumption that Athenian inheritance law was consistent and comprehensive.
22). Jebb (1876), 299, comments: “The truth is that Quint. ” 86 As suggested by Jones (1779), iii, v. 87 Jones (1779), vii, disagrees with this assessment; in his opinion, Isaios was not a “mere imitator” of Lysias and would, without Demosthenes, have been the greatest of the Attic orators, or at least second to Hypereides. 88 Moy (1876), 130–131, comments that Dionysios “immole [Isée] dans la gloire de Lysias, et semble ne l’admettre en son livre que par faveur” (“immolates [Isaios ] in the glory of Lysias, and seems to admit him into his book only as a favour”).
A Commentary on Selected Speeches of Isaios by Brenda Griffith-Williams