By S. C. Todd
Lysias was once the major Athenian speech-writer of the iteration (403-380 BC) following the Peloponnesian battle, and his speeches shape a number one resource for all facets of the historical past of Athenian society in this interval. The speeches are largely learn this present day, now not least due to their simplicity of linguistic variety. This simplicity is frequently misleading, even though, and one of many goals of this observation is to aid the reader investigate the rhetorical thoughts of every of the speeches and the usually hugely tendentious manipulation of argument. This quantity comprises the textual content itself (reproduced from Carey's OCT and gear criticus), with a dealing with translation. each one speech gets an in depth creation, masking basic questions of interpretation. within the lemmatic portion of the remark, person words are tested intimately, offering an in depth interpreting of the Greek textual content. to maximise accessibility, the Greek lemmata are observed through translation, and person Greek phrases are commonly transliterated. this is often the 1st a part of a projected multi-volume observation at the speeches and fragments, as a way to be the 1st complete observation on Lysias in sleek times.
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To come back . . . with me’). this can be to permit Euphiletos to cross-examine the maid in inner most, with no his spouse realising that something is occurring. buying (or might be sporting the shopping-bags) obviously kinds a part of the maid’s common tasks (cf. §8 and §16), and Euphiletos’ guide for that reason arouses no suspicion both from her or from his spouse. the frilly precautions indicate that he has already determined to capture the enthusiasts red-handed; and certainly they recommend that from the ﬁrst he had the purpose of environment a few type of a seize for Eratosthenes. this can be after all, as Usher saw (Edwards & Usher 1985: 221), a perilous factor for Euphiletos to confess. yet by means of suppressing the method of 39 Usher (1999: fifty seven with n. 14), as a part of his argument that anger is vital to Lysias’ characterisation of Euphiletos, regards the repeated µεστ ν ποψ α as proof for ‘suddently published emotion, reflected within the style’, yet to my brain this under-plays the keep watch over of timing in §17. forty using τε to hyperlink words in δοξ τ µοι is uncommon, yet Albini (1952b: 12) cites as parallels Lys. thirteen. 1 and Syrianus’ studying of Lys. 32. 1. forty-one hence Harpokration s. v. auleios (correctly identiﬁed as a connection with this passage via Blass 1887 : 571 n. 2), and equally at Lys. 12. sixteen. Harpokration’s access s. v. metaulos refers explicitly to the current speech, yet its description is much less in actual fact phrased. 112 1. Killing of Eratosthenes: statement §18 determination (see prior notice) and thereby ignoring any replacement plan of action that Euphiletos may have taken, Lysias significantly reduces its impression. we're not purported to ask him the query, ‘why did you no longer confront your spouse with the proof, and safe an admission from her? ’ ὡς τῶν ἐπιτηδείων τινά (‘to the home of 1 of my friends’). a number of students have came across complex the problem of conﬁdentiality right here: what reason for example did Euphiletos supply to the good friend? Why does Lysias now not clarify no matter if the latter was once referred to as as a witness, in particular if he used to be current on the interview? forty two How did Euphiletos plan to prevent the danger that the inside track that he had chanced on his wife’s affair may leak again to her in advance, e. g. throughout the friend’s slaves? Damsté (1888) certainly proposed τ ν πιτηδε ων νεκα (‘as if for the aim of provisions’) however the thought of undertaking such an interview within the open highway might be much more difﬁcult, and it sort of feels top to treat the obvious absence of the putative friend’s proof as an unexplained silence. σοὶ οὖν . . . ἔξεστι (‘so it's as much as you’). in contrast to his spouse (see §12n), and to a better volume than the outdated girl (see §16n), Euphiletos speaks in a really mannered kind either to the maid right here and somewhere else within the speech (cf. §21n), and likewise whilst he confronts Eratosthenes (see §26n). right here for example we may well realize the convoluted order of δυο ν π τερον βο λει λ σθαι, and the chiasmus of ψε σ δ µηδ ν . . . ταληθ λ γε. Usher (1999: fifty seven) reads the specter of violence the following as an indication of impulsiveness, however it may perhaps otherwise be that such threats are thought of to be the one language that slaves comprehend.