1094. Demosthenes, De falsa legatione. Trexler Library | Muhlenberg College

A fragment on vellum (a treated, very finely dried calf skin used as a writing medium in ancient and medieval times) of Demosthenes’ oration called in Latin De Falsa Legatione, fifth century AD.  Demosthenes (384-322 BC) was often cited as an example in teaching ancient rhetoric.

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[Verso] “Yet no one can cite a more honourable peace made by the city before or since; but that is not what they regarded.  They attributed the honourable peace to their own valour and to the high repute of their city, the refusal or acceptance of money to the character of the ambassador; and they expect an honest and incorruptible character in any man who entered the service of the state.”

[Recto] “They held the taking of bribes to be too inimical and unprofitable to the state to be tolerated in any transacting or in any person ; but you men of Athens having before you a peace which at once has pulled down the walls of your allies . . .”
(Source: Demosthenes, De Corona and De False Legatione with an English translation by C. A. Vince and J. H. Vince, Loeb Classical Library [London Heinemann, 1926])

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