By Brenda Griffith-Williams
In A statement on chosen Speeches of Isaios, Brenda Griffith-Williams deals a clean perception, obtainable to non-Greek readers, into 4 disputed inheritance instances from the Athenian courts within the 4th century B.C. the single accomplished English language statement on Isaios (Wyse, 1904) displays a damaging view of the Athenian criminal method as one within which the judges, who had no criminal education, will be simply outwitted by way of an unscrupulous speechwriter without regard for the reality. by means of addressing the complicated interaction of authentic, felony, and rhetorical matters within the chosen speeches, Brenda Griffith-Williams identifies the strengths and weaknesses of every speaker's case and offers a extra balanced evaluate of Isaios's paintings.
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Extra info for A Commentary on Selected Speeches of Isaios
Wyse writes as though every speech was throughout dishonest, and, without stating it plainly, hints at every point that the fact was otherwise than it is represented, or admitted of another explanation or complexion, that the law was unmistakably against the speaker, and that he is bluffing the jury and inciting them to override it. 95 Like that of Dionysios, Wyse’s assessment of Isaios has proved impossible for later scholars to ignore. Despite the early recognition of his methodological bias, there has, more than 100 years after Wyse’s commentary was published, been no fundamental reassessment of Isaios’s work.
Excessive legalism may, in fact, lead to a sense of dissatisfaction with, or even alienation from, a legal system which is seen to be out of touch with the needs and values of ordinary people. In the very different legal culture of classical Athens, with all the supposedly negative features identified by its critics, it is doubtful whether a conflict between moral and legal values would have been recognized. 75 An Athenian logographer, like a modern professional advocate, was paid to win cases for his clients.
9103 and in a more extensive monograph on Isaios and Athenian law. Publication of the latter in an Italian translation104 has made Avramovič’s work accessible to Western scholars, and, in particular, influenced the commentaries of Cobetto Ghiggia on Isa. 5 and Ferrucci on Isa. 106 There is a separate scholarly tradition, dating from late antiquity, of reading Attic oratory purely as a literary genre, without regard to the legal content of the speeches or their value as a historical source. 107 The tradition has continued into the latter half of the twentieth century and beyond, with, for example, the work of Usher on Greek oratory and Edwards on narratology in the orators similarly focusing on the speeches as literary rather than legal documents.
A Commentary on Selected Speeches of Isaios by Brenda Griffith-Williams