biographical name \ˈes-kə-ˌnēz, ˈēs-\

Definition of AESCHINES

389–314 b.c. Athenian orator


biographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(born 390 BC—died c. 314 BC) Athenian orator. He and Demosthenes, who later became his bitter opponent, participated in 346 BC in forging a peace between Athens and Macedonia. Demosthenes later accused Aeschines of treason because he had promoted the Macedonian cause during the negotiations. At a trial (343) Aeschines was acquitted by a narrow majority. In 339 he helped incite the war that led to the Battle of Chaeronea and to Macedonian control of central Greece. In 336 he opposed as illegal a motion to honour Demosthenes; the matter came to trial in 330, and Aeschines suffered an overwhelming defeat.


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