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In A statement on chosen Speeches of Isaios, Brenda Griffith-Williams bargains 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 remark on Isaios (Wyse, 1904) displays a destructive view of the Athenian criminal method as one during which the judges, who had no criminal education, will be simply outwitted via an unscrupulous speechwriter without regard for the reality. by means of addressing the advanced interaction of real, felony, 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 overview of Isaios's paintings.

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24 general introduction case requires the litigant or his representative to persuade an independent tribunal that his own case is factually as well as legally stronger than his opponent’s. 22). 16). 19). 31). Unlike his modern counterpart, an Athenian logographer had considerable latitude to exaggerate, suppress and even invent aspects of his story 76 See Inns of Court School of Law (2006), chapter 14: ‘The advocate as storyteller’. 77 Cf. ” 78 Arist. Rh. 1356a. Cf. Carey (1994), 184: “as ancient rhetoricians realized, the task of persuasion is a complex one, involving the emotional response of the hearer as well as the cognitive faculties”.

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. 10, p. 203. 102 Harrison (1947), Lewis (1959) and Thompson (1976) have all challenged Wyse’s view that Theopompos, the speaker of Isa. 11, owed his victory against Sositheos to Isaios’s legal chicanery and distortion of fact.

38 Cf. Rubinstein (1993), 79–80. 39 This classification is based on the subject matter of the dispute—an inheritance—not on the legal procedure adopted, which may be either a diadikasia, a dikē pseudomarturiōn following a diamarturia in which it was claimed that the estate was not adjudicable, or some other form of dikē ancillary to the original claim. 40 Cf. the catalogue of speeches (excluding fragments) in Edwards (1994), 74–79. 12 general introduction ‘lost’ speeches in which the identity of the deceased is unknown.

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