Aeschines: Against Timarchus [ BCE]. Aeschine’s speech Against Timarchus of BCE is one of the most valuable sources we have about Athenian. Access. Via Perseus Philologic. Aeschines. Against Timarchus. Perseus under Philologic. University of Chicago. 7 October (). In Against Timarchus, Aeschines introduces the argument of sections. 72 to 93 with an unusual exclamation. He claims that his oppo- nents will ask why he is not.

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Were the accused acquitted? And as for the hunters of such young men as are easily trapped, command them turn their attention to the foreigners and the resident aliens, that they may still indulge their predilection, but without injuring you. As to the poems which they againsst 1 have composed, some I acknowledge, but as to others I deny that they are of the character that timarcuus people will impute to them, for they will tamper with them.

For if the man who did the thing is going to be ashamed of it and timarchua to pay a thousand drachmas into the treasury rather than show his face before you, 2 while the man to whom it has been done is to be a speaker in your assembly, then wise indeed was the lawgiver who excluded such disgusting creatures from the platform.

The most of them Timarchhus will pass over, and mention two or three only. I will explain by means of an illustration. But if, say- ing nothing about these bestial fellows, Cedonides, Autocleides, and Thersandrus, tinarchus simply telling the names of those in whose houses he has been an inmate, I refresh your memories and show that he is guilty of selling his person not only in Misgolas’ house, but in the house of another man also, and again of another, and that from this last he went to still another, surely you will no longer look upon him as one who has merely been a kept man, but — by Dionysus, I don’t know how I can keep glossing the thing over all day long — as a tomarchus prostitute.

Aeschines – Against Timarchus – Study Guide, Ancient Sexuality and Gender

Now this Misgolas, perceiving Timarchus’ motive in staying timafchus the house of the physician, paid him a sum of money in advance and caused him to change his lodgings, and got him into his own home ; for Timarchus was well developed, young, and lewd, just the person for the thing that Misgolas wanted to do, and Timar- chus wanted to have done. I am 1 The comparative freedom of a state-slave in place of the slavery that Hegesandrus had attempted to impose on him.


They will demand that I present witnesses to testify explicitly where he did it, how he it, or who saw him do it, or what sort of an act it was–a shameless demand, I think. You see, Timarchus, you are not to be permitted to desert the company which you have chosen and go over to the ways of free men.

Diopeithes undertook the case, gimarchus put it off again and again in order to favor these parties. Demosthenes, Against AndrotionDem.

Sex, Politics, and Disgust in Aeschines’ Against Timarchus

The same action shall hold against those who abuse the persons of slaves. So I do beg you by all means not to furnish this sophist with laughter and patronage at your expense. As a result of this acquaintance 1 enjoyed the same intimacy with Timarchus as with Leodamas previously.

For I think Timarchus’ anxiety is not for himself alone, fellow citizens, but for all the others also whose practices have been the same as his. The city residence he sold to Nausicrates, the comic poet; afterward Cleaenetus, the chorus-master, bought it of Nausicrates for twenty minas.

The prosecution was successful. He owed his name to his old-fashioned way of wearing his hair. For if any such act has been committed by me, nay rather if my life has exhibited to you even any resemblance to that of which he accuses me, I feel that the rest of my life is not worth living ; I freely concede you my punishment, that the state may have therein a defence in the eyes of Hellas. But whom does he specify in the fourth place? For we should all acknowledge this, that we enter into contracts because we do not trust one another, the object being that the party who has not violated the written terms may receive satisfaction by verdict of the courts from the one who has.

For he asserted that Philotades of Cydathenaeon, a timarchuw, was a former slave of his own, and he persuaded the members of the deme to disfranchise him. A conviction under this law would not technically exclude Timarchus from prosecuting a case in the courts, but it would so discredit him in popular opinion that it would be fatal to any case to have him as an advocate. That widely divergent texts of Homer were in circulation as early as the time of Aeschines has been proved by the papyrus fragments.


Main Ancient Medieval Modern. My sire Menoetius brought me, a little lad, from home, From Opus, to your house, for sad bloodshed, That day, when, all unwitting, in childish wrath About the dice, I killed Amphidamas’ son. Of these, Eupolemus was the first to die, before the estate had been divided; next, Arizelus, the father of Timarchus.

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Not infre- quently these words and phrases bear the external marks of the gloss: Come, dare to look the jury in the face and say that which a decent man ought to say of his youth: He would have been quick, indeed, to allow Timarchus or the low-lived Demosthenes to take part in public affairs!

The law against panders. He never, however, attained full command of the con- densed, rounded rhetorical period, which is the consummate product of the art of rhetoric. Demosthenes, pretending to be a lover of his, invited the young man to this intimacy, filling him up with empty hopes, assuring him that without any delay whatever he should become the foremost man in public life, and he showed him a list of names.

And this is the reason why that tribunal maintains its high repute in the city. Besides these there was a woman skilled in flax-working, who produced fine goods for the market, and there was a man skilled in embroidery.

So long as Arizelus lived, he managed the whole estate, because of the ill-health of Arignotus and the trouble with his eyes, and because Eupo- lemus was dead. His style passes readily from exposition and argument to the emotional, where he knows how to inspire the real tragic feeling of his earlier profession. Where does he show this? You know, fellow citizens, Crito, son of Astyochus, Pericleides of Perithoedae, Polemagenes, Pantaleon, son of Cleagoras, and Timesitheus the runner, men who were the most beautiful, not only among their fellow citizens, but in all Hellas, men who counted many a man of eminent chastity as lover ; yet no man ever censured them.