Guide for Looking at Demosthenes’ On the Crown

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Guide for Looking at Demosthenes’ Speech, “On the Crown” Classical Studies 3312 Title: “on the crown” Judicial rhetoric mostly Author: demosthenes Date of Composition: 330bc Dramatic Date: 336-330 1. In 336 ctesiphon proposes to give gold crown to demosthones 2. Immediately, aesthenes files charges on legal grounds against ctesiphon for proposing an illegal law 3. in 336 phillip also died that year so Athens was thinking it could be their chance to drive the Macedonians out of Athens and regain footing 1. Can’t propose to award someone before they’ve been audited 2. a crown can only be proposed and voted at a meeting at the assembly with the boule at the pnyx and this time it wasn’t Greek word parmomos (against normal) Trial doesn’t happen until 330. Aesthenes is the prosecuting attorney 2 grounds for bringing those charges: 1. everyone who held a political office in Athens after the reforms of ephialtus when perecles retook power had to stand an account at the end of his terms of service(do a financial audit) 2. had to do a managerial audit. Did you do the job you were supposed to do? One could not receive public recognition while in office nor could one receive a public recognition for service until both audits have been complete A crown could only be awarded by a vote from the assembly on the pnyx Historical and Political Setting: Demosthenes pushes it back to the phocean war.
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