Monday, August 16, 2004

MEANWHILE IN ATHENS, PART II ...


THE ORATOR who reproved the demos

claimed for himself the remarkable privilege

of setting his individual opinion and vision

of the state in opposition to the ideas and

current habits of the masses.

Any one Athenian who deliberately

set himself apart from and in opposition

to the demos was taking a great risk.

But castigating the people and

opposing their will were central

and expected parts of the

political orators function.

JOSIAH OBER
MASS AND ELITE IN DEMOCRATIC ATHENS
Rhetoric, Ideology, and the Power of the People