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Click to edit Master subtitle style 8/23/11 Lysias 1 Lecture: Thursday 2/10/11
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8/23/11 Lysias(~445 BCE – ~380 BCE) Attic orator (1 of the 10 in the “Alexandrian Canon”) Remember, Peloponnesian War 431 BCE-404 BCE Family from Syracuse, moved to Athens (412) “Resident alien” in Athens, escaped purge by the 30 Tyrants (404) Lost much of his property (taxes/seizures/attempts to help return
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8/23/11 His “speeches” Court cases, where Lysias would write defense/attack speech that the Athenian citizen would recite No lawyers- argue your own case Lysias’ speeches are known for character insight, vivid descriptions WITHOUT being pompous “elegance joined with plainness” He often employed scenes of daily life in Athens
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8/23/11 Lysias 1: On the Murder of Eratosthenes (ca. 400 Characters:
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Unformatted text preview: Euphiletos (husband) Eratosthenes (adulterer- dead) Prosecution (family of Eratosthenes) Euphiletos wife Witnesses 8/23/11 Story Euphiletos wife sleeps with Eratosthenes; Euphiletos kills Eratosthenes Pre-meditated? & Murder Legal act of justifiable homicide v Husbands right\ Lysias speech serVes to Discredit Eratosthenes as a known adulterer/bad guy Athens is a better place without this super-seducer 8/23/11 Women in Lysias 1 Separate quarters ALWAYS subservient to men and work Failure to control your wife = disgrace Eratosthenes = corrupter of her mind The wife was not able to be active participant- Only able to be controlled or seduced Servant girl Assisted the affair...
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