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Demosthenes, Orations, 20.114-20.117


nanI, however, will explain the case to you, as truth and justice demand. There were, men of Athens, plenty of zealous citizens in former generations, and our city even then honored its good men; only honors then, like everything else, reflected the temper of the times, just as they now reflect the temper of today. And why do I say this? Because for myself I should be inclined to assert that they did get from the State everything that they wished.


nanWhat is my evidence? Lysimachus, Son of Aristides the just, pensioned for his father’s merits. only one of the worthies of that day, received a hundred roods of orchard in Euboea and a hundred of arable land, besides a hundred minas of silver and a pension of four drachmas a day. And the decree in which these gifts are recorded stands in the name of Alcibiades. For then our city was rich in lands and money, though now—she will be rich some day A euphemism for she is poor. ; for I must put it in that way to avoid anything like obloquy. Yet today who, think you, would not prefer a third of that reward to mere immunity? To prove the truth of my words, please take the decree. [The decree is read]


nanNow this decree, Athenians, proves that your ancestors, like yourselves, were accustomed to honor good men; if they used different methods from ours today, that is another matter. So even if we should admit that neither Lysimachus nor anyone else gained anything from our ancestors, does that make it any fairer in us to rob the men whom we have just rewarded?


nanFor there is nothing outrageous in withholding what one never dreamed of giving; but it is an outrage to give and afterwards take back one’s gift, with no fault alleged. Prove to me that our ancestors ever took back the gifts they had bestowed, and you too have my leave to do the same, though the disgrace remains none the less; but if no one can cite an instance from the whole course of our history, why is such a precedent to be set in our generation?


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

4 results
1. Aeschines, Letters, 3.178-3.179, 3.183, 3.186 (4th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

2. Demosthenes, Orations, 13.21-13.23, 18.316, 20.68, 20.70, 20.74-20.75, 20.81-20.82, 20.112-20.113, 20.115-20.117, 20.119-20.120, 20.142, 23.196-23.203 (4th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

3. Plutarch, Cimon, 4.5-4.6 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

4. Aeschines, Or., 3.178-3.179, 3.183, 3.186



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
aeschines Gygax and Zuiderhoek, Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (2021) 81; Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169
aeschylus Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169
andocides, and sparta Hesk, Deception and Democracy in Classical Athens (2000) 172
andocides, on deceiving the demos Hesk, Deception and Democracy in Classical Athens (2000) 172
andocides, on noble lie Hesk, Deception and Democracy in Classical Athens (2000) 172
ateleia Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 241
athens Gygax and Zuiderhoek, Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (2021) 81
chabrias Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 241
cimon Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169
conon Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 241
custom duties, exemption from Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
cynaegirus Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169
democracy, athenian, and noble lies Hesk, Deception and Democracy in Classical Athens (2000) 172
demosthenes, and the noble lie Hesk, Deception and Democracy in Classical Athens (2000) 172
demosthenes, orator Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40, 241
demosthenes, representation of deceit Hesk, Deception and Democracy in Classical Athens (2000) 172
demosthenes, works, against leptines Hesk, Deception and Democracy in Classical Athens (2000) 172
demosthenes Gygax and Zuiderhoek, Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (2021) 81; Hesk, Deception and Democracy in Classical Athens (2000) 172
dôreai Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 241
enktêsis Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
epizelus Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169
euergetism, and symbolic capital Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
generosity Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
gift-exchange, and time Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
gift-exchange, costs and benefits in Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
gift-exchange, disjunction in Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
gift-exchange, equivalence in Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
gift-exchange, non-institutional/informal Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
gifts, and dependence Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
gifts, and power Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
gifts, symbolic value of Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
honorific inscriptions Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
honors, controversy surrounding Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169, 241
leptines Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 241
liturgies, exemption from Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 241
marathon, battle of Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 241
military commanders, honors for Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 241
miltiades Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169, 241
money, for construction projects Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169
noble lie Hesk, Deception and Democracy in Classical Athens (2000) 172
philotimia Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
plutarch Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169
politeia (citizenship) Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
proedria Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
prytaneion Gygax and Zuiderhoek, Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity (2021) 81
public buildings, in fifth-century athens Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169
rewards, excessive Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40, 169
rewards, value of Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
salamis (cyprus), salamis, battle of Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 241
sophanes of decelea Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169
sparta, and official deceit Hesk, Deception and Democracy in Classical Athens (2000) 172
statues, as honors Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 40
statues, in athens Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 241
statues, of military commanders Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 241
statues, of miltiades Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169
statues, of themistocles Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169
stoa poikile Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169
themistocles Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 169, 241
timai' Gygax, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism (2016) 241