Aeschines Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Badian, E. and Julia Heskel. “Aeschines 2.12–18: A Study in Rhetoric and Chronology.” Phoenix 41, No. 3 (Autumn, 1987): 264–71.

Stress that Aeschines had particular motives for writing his account of the peace with Philip, and warn that historians should not be unduly swayed by his rhetorical skill.

Diller, Aubrey. “The Manuscript Tradition of Aeschines' Orations.” Illinois Classical Studies 4 (1979): 34-64.

Describes many different Aeschines manuscripts, most of which are from the fifteenth or sixteenth centuries.


Cawkwell, G. L. “Aeschines and the Peace of Philocrates.” Revue des Etudes Grecques 73, No. 347-48 (July-December 1960): 416-38.

Explains why Aeschines was forced to change his position regarding a peace decree with Philip.

———. “Aeschines and the Ruin of Phocis in 346.” Revue des Etudes Grecques 75, No. 356-58 (July-December 1962): 453-59.

Argues that Demosthenes's account of Aeschines's role in the fall of Phocis is impossible to accept.

Dyck, Andrew R. “The Function and Persuasive Power of Demosthenes's Portrait of Aeschines in the Speech On the Crown.Greece & Rome 32, No. 1 (April 1985): 42-48.

Analyzes Demosthenes's attack on Aeschines and reveals elements that made it credible and effective to its intended audience.

Harris, Edward M. “The Names of Aeschines' Brothers-in-Law.American Journal of Philology 107, No. 1 (Spring 1986): 99-102.

Discusses the use of nicknames as insults, specifically as practiced by Demosthenes in attacking relatives of Aeschines.

Kindstrand, Jan Fredrik. The Stylistic Evaluation of Aeschines in Antiquity. Uppsala, Sweden: Almqvist & Wiksell International, 1982, 104p.

Surveys the assessment of Aeschines's writing by such critics as Cicero, Quintilian, and Philostratus.

Additional information on Aeschines's life and career is contatined in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 176.