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date: 25 June 2022

Apollodorus(1)locked

, Greek orator and litigant, c. 394–after 343 bce

Apollodorus(1)locked

, Greek orator and litigant, c. 394–after 343 bce
  • Jeremy Trevett

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Apollodorus (1) (c.394–after 343 bce), the elder son of the Athenian banker *Pasion, was a minor politician and assiduous litigant. He is the speaker of seven speeches, wrongly attributed to *Demosthenes (2), which provide much information about him and his family. He repeatedly quarrelled with his step-father *Phormion (2) over money, and in c.349 made an unsuccessful attempt to prosecute him for embezzlement (see Dem. . His early political affiliations are unclear, but in 348, possibly at the instigation of Demosthenes, he made an unsuccessful attempt to divert the budgetary surplus from the theoric (see theōrika) to the military fund. In the late 340s he prosecuted Neaera, the wife of a political opponent, for illegal usurpation of Athenian *citizenship (see Dem. . She was a former courtesan, and the speech is a rich source of information about the Athenian demi-monde (see hetairai).

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  • Greek Law

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