Large Image


Demosthenes was born in 384 BC. He learned rhetoric by studying how the previous great orators had written and delivered their speeches.

His first judicial speeches were delivered at the age of 20, in which he argued that he should gain the remains of his inheritance from his guardians. During this period Demosthenes made his living as a professional logographer (speech-writer) and as a lawyer, writing the speeches to be used in private lawsuits.

This work inspired him to take a more detailed interest in Athenian politics and, in 354 BC, Demosthenes gave his first public political speeches.

Demosthenes was entirely devoted to Athens and much of his life was given to opposing the belligerent and expansionist state of Macedonia ruled by Philip II. His efforts centered on preserving his city's freedom and to work with others for an alliance against Macedonia. He was unsuccessful. Philip II continued his march south conquering all the Greek states in his path.

After Philip's death, Demosthenes was at the heart of his city's uprising against the new king of Macedonia, Alexander the Great. It failed and a very harsh Macedonian reaction was meted out. In order to prevent further attempted revolts Alexander's successor in this region, Antipater, sent men to capture Demosthenes. In order to avoid being arrested Demosthenes took his own life on October 12th 322 BC.

Since those times Demosthenes has been recognised as one of the very greatest public orators and speech-writers. His works outline the intellectual prowess and expression of contemporary Athenian life and provide a revealing and intimate insight into the politics and culture of Greece in the 4th century BC.

Cicero himself said 'he stands alone among all the orators', and that he was 'the perfect orator' who lacked nothing.

Tag This Book

This Book Has Been Tagged
It hasn't. Be the first to tag this book!

Our Recommendation

None. We do not have enough historical data to make any recommendations.

Notify Me When The Price...

  • $
  • If I'm already tracking this book...

to track this book on eReaderIQ.

Track These Authors

to track Demosthenes on eReaderIQ.

  • to be notified each time the price drops on any book by Demosthenes.
  • to stop tracking Demosthenes.

to track Charles Rann Kennedy on eReaderIQ.

  • to be notified each time the price drops on any book by Charles Rann Kennedy.
  • to stop tracking Charles Rann Kennedy.

Price Summary

  • We started tracking this book on March 6, 2019.
  • This book was $2.49 when we started tracking it.
  • The price of this book has changed one time in the past 1,874 days.
  • The current price of this book is $2.61 last checked 14 hours ago.
  • This book is currently at its highest price since we started tracking it.


Additional Info

  • Text-to-Speech: Disabled
  • Lending: Disabled

We last verified the price of this book about 14 hours ago. At that time, the price was $2.61. This price is subject to change. The price displayed on the website at the time of purchase is the price you will pay for this book. Please confirm the price before making any purchases.