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https://doi.org/10.30853/manuscript.2019.12.15

LYSIASS SPEECH "ON THE MURDER OF ERATOSTHENES": FACT OR FICTION?

Aleksandrova Ol'ga Igorevna
Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia


Submitted: 28.10.2019.
Abstract. The article tries to clarify whether the speech of the Athenian orator Lysias "On the Murder of Eratosthenes" is a real defence speech or it can be considered as a literary exercise aimed to sharpen the logographers skills. Considering arguments in favour of the latter, the author concludes that, though the whole set of arguments allows proposing such a hypothesis, each of them separately seems quite controversial. In the authors opinion, Lysiass speech is a literary interpretation of a real criminal case that occurred in Athens at the end of the V century B.C.
Key words and phrases: , , , , , , Lysias, Eratosthenes, orators, courtroom speeches, Athens, The Thirty Tyrants.
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