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date: 02 October 2022


, Athenian statesman, c. 380–319 BCE


, Athenian statesman, c. 380–319 BCE
  • George Law Cawkwell


Athenian statesman of major importance in the two decades following the Greek defeat at the battle of *Chaeronea (338 bce). Of his early career nothing sure can be said, but by 338 he must have made his mark; taken prisoner in the battle, he was chosen by *Philip (1) II of *Macedonia as an envoy and used by the Athenians to negotiate the so-called Peace of Demades. From then on he was regularly called on by the city to get it out of troubles caused by those who did not share his view that Macedon was too strong militarily for the Greeks to revolt with a real chance of success. Having counselled against supporting *Thebes (1)'s revolt of 335, he was able to dissuade *Alexander (3) the Great from persisting in his demand for the surrender of *Demosthenes (2), *Hyperides, and other advocates of war.


  • Greek History and Historiography

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