Demosthenes

Demosthenes

Nationality: Greek

Occupation: Statesman

Biography: Demosthenes was a prominent Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens. His orations constitute a significant expression of contemporary Athenian intellectual prowess and provide an insight into the politics and culture of ancient Greece during the 4th century BC. Demosthenes learned rhetoric by studying the speeches of previous great orators.

Source/Notes: As quoted in The Routledge Dictionary of Quotations (1987) by Robert Andrews, p. 255

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Source/Notes: As quoted in The World's Laconics: Or, The Best Thoughts of the Best Authors (1853) by Everard Berkeley, p. 34