Lysias Template One.docx - Template for Lecture on Lysias Part I Classical Studies 3312 Basic known facts about Lysias’ life Occasion Background of

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Template for Lecture on Lysias, Part I Classical Studies 3312 Basic known facts about Lysias’ life: Occasion & Background of “Against Eratosthenes” The Melian slaughter The Sicilian disaster (415-413) and profanation of the mysteries The oligarchic coup of The Four Hundred in 411-410 The victory at Arginusae (406) The final defeat at Aegospotami (405) The oligarchic coup of The Thirty in 404-403 The trial of Eratosthenes in fall or winter 403
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Genre Author Audience Thesis/purpose/goal Text Method of the argument The structure of the speech: I: 1-36 Personal and special charges against Eratosthenes in which Polemarchus plays an important role
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Unformatted text preview: 1-3 Introduction 4-23 the murder of Polemarchus 24-36 commentary on and interpretation of the murder II. The larger political situation in which The Thirty are attacked, democracy defended, and in which Polemarchus plays no role and is not even mentioned 37-61 A detailed indictment of The Thirty, how they achieved power, what they did, etc. 62-78 Theramenes, Eratosthenes’ relationship with him, his significance in Eratosthenes’ defense 79-91 Why Eratosthenes should be found guilty and executed 92-100 Appeal to the jury, both the “men of the city” and the “men of the Piraeus”...
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