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  • Demosthenes 384-322 B.C. Greek orator whose reputation is based mainly on his Philippics, a series of orations exhorting the citizens of Athens to rise up against Philip II of Macedon.

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  • proper n. An an ancient Greek name, famously borne by the Athenian statesman and orator of 4th century BC.

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  • proper n. a famous Grecian orator, born circa 385 BC, died circa 322 BC.

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  • n. Athenian statesman and orator (circa 385-322 BC)


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From Ancient Greek Δημοσθένης (Dēmosthenēs).


  • “Demosthenes, the son of Demosthenes, of the Pæanian township, made this motion, ”—the usual form of the commencement of the Votes of the Athenian Assembly.


  • To this discovery Dr. Francis made answer: -- "Then, sir, you have exceeded Demosthenes himself, for to say that you have exceeded Francis's _Demosthenes_, would be saying nothing."

    Life of Johnson, Volume 1 1709-1765

  • She would teach, she would study, and after four or five months she would write an extended historical essay, publish it pseudonymously under the name Demosthenes, and then enjoy herself until Ender accepted a call to go Speak somewhere else.

    Speaker for the Dead

  • 78 “Great you call Demosthenes”: Quoted in ibid., p.

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  • Ulric von Hütten, soldier and knight, equally distinguished in letters and in arms, and called the Demosthenes of Germany, was a zealous friend of reform.

    Luther and the Reformation: The Life-Springs of Our Liberties

  • Athens recalled Demosthenes and he made a successful tour of the cities to rally them against Antipater.

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  • Action is everything according to the notion of Demosthenes -- 'action, action, action,' was his motto.

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  • In response to Peter / Pietrov the Bulgarian; your reading and interpretation of Demosthenes 'the' Phillipics 'again is incorrect; remember the Demosthenes was a politician who used flowery and charged rhetoric which in most cases the connotations was never literal; and where the real enemies were not Macedonians Versus Greeks in the Battle of Chaeronea, but northern Greeks versus Southern Greeks.

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  • It's my impression that Valentine Ender ( "Demosthenes") was presenting some mixture of opinion and commentary.

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  • I would have you allow but one hour a-day for Greek; and that more to keep what you have than to increase it: by Greek, I mean useful Greek books, such as Demosthenes, Thucydides, etc., and not the poets, with whom you are already enough acquainted.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman


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