Demosthenes of Athens and the Fall of Classical Greece

James Romm writes:

In the preamble to Demosthenes of Athens and the Fall of Classical Greece, Ian Worthington promises that both these problems – the relative proportions of pragmatism and ideology in Demosthenes’ motivation, and the degree of blame he deserves for the failure of the Athenian cause – will be confronted head-on. ‘Should blame for his failure be attached not to him but to an apathetic citizenry?’ Worthington asks. ‘Was he Greece’s greatest patriot, or did he cynically exploit the danger of Philip for his own political agenda?’

(LRB 20 June 2013)

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