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Démosthène: Contre Aphobos I et II, Contre Midias

David-Artur Daix 1, 2 
1 Cultures de l’écrit
AOROC - Archéologie et Philologie d'Orient et d'Occident : UMR 85-46
Abstract : At a very young age, Demosthenes (384-322 BC) lost his father, a rich Athenian businessman, who, on his deathbed, entrusted his son, his daughter and his wife to three of his closest friends and relatives: Aphobos, Demophon et Therippides. Unfortunately, those guardians took almost all the inheritance for themselves, so that Demosthene, when he came of age, had to sue them to recover what should have been rightfully his. In doing so, he clashed with Meidias, who was supporting his opponents, and became his sworn enemy. The hatred between the two men came to a head fifteen years later, when Meidias struck Demosthenes in Dionysos' theater for all to see. Collected together for the first time, the speeches Against Aphobos I & II, which are the very first of Demosthenes' works, and Against Meidias tell the story of Demosthenes as a private man as well as a public figure until right before the “false” embassy of 346, which puts an end to the alliance between the orator and those who are more accommodating toward Philip of Macedonia. This book contains a revised and annotated Greek text; a new French translation; and a detailed commentary, which demonstrates Demosthenes' brio and strives to explain all the issues brought to light by those three speeches, starting with the mystery that mars the speech Against Meidias since ancient times: did Demosthenes actually sue Meidias, or did he accept a bribe to forget about the trial?
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David-Artur Daix. Démosthène: Contre Aphobos I et II, Contre Midias. David-Artur Daix; Matthieu Fernandez. Belles Lettres, 2017, Commentario, Hélène Casanova-Robin, 9782251447162. ⟨hal-01997370⟩



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