Providing a unique and guided introduction to the athenian legal system and explaining how the system reveals the values and social life of classical athens, trials from classical athens remains a fundamental resource for students of ancient greek history and anyone interested in the law, social history and oratory of the ancient greek world. Case vi: demosthenes 54 – against konon for battery we have here a private action for battery ( aikeias dike ) a young man named ariston claims to have been the victim of an unprovoked attack by a middle-aged man named konon.
De osthe es against konon is illust ati e: ariston charges konon with a dike aikeias (assault) but claims that really konon is guilty of hybris (and of theft and attempted murder) the hybris ost lea l a ifested itself ia ko o s eha iou afte a isto as eate to the g ou d: ariston alleges that he saw konon exulting like the victor in a cock-fight and flapping his elbows in mimicry. Transferable disgust in demosthenes 54: against conon naiveté of ariston in firm opposition to the behavior of conon and his sons 2 in the introductory portion of the speech, ariston states that he could in the disgusting substances once contained in his body in fact, it renders them useful tools in the strategy of the prosecution. Ariston brings a charge of assault and battery (aikeia) against a chap called conon ariston tells the jury that he was taking an evening stroll with a friend in the athenian agora when conon’s drunken son ctesias walked past and yelled something incomprehensible at him.
So, for example, ariston in demosthenes 54, “against konon,” makes no attempt to understand the perspective of the slaves who were mistreated, instead interpreting this from his own vantage. A third debt had been registered against him by ariston, but aristogeiton brought an action for “false entry” (γρ ψευδεγγραφῆς) against him it is argued by the prosecution that, until this case was settled in a law-court, aristogeiton was still liable for the debt, the amount of which is not stated.
He had severely reprimanded the offenders, but even this had not made them desist after the troops had returned to athens, ariston was one evening taking a walk in the agora with a friend, when ctesias, one of the sons of conon, met them. This speech was delivered in an action for assault and battery, brought against conon by the plaintiff ariston.
Against aristogeiton neither debt was paid in the prescribed time, and they were therefore doubled a third debt had been registered against him by ariston, but aristogeiton brought an action for “false entry” (γρ ψευδεγγραφῆς) against him the orator deinarchus in a speech against the same defendant, delivered in.
We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Fourth, the initiation of litigation dichotomized a dispute whereas in a melee several people may have been involved (think of the street fight in demosthenes 54, against konon), a lawsuit pitted a prosecutor against a defendant and made everyone else, at most, witnesses disputes, however, often have many more than two sides. Ariston’s speech survives in the corpus of demonsthenes’ works, as speech 54, but there is no explicit statement within the text itself to link the work with demosthenes: it consists only of ariston’s first person exposition of his case.