biographical name \ˈli-sē-əs\

Definition of LYSIAS

ca 445–after 380 b.c. Athenian orator


biographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(born c. 445—died c. 380 BC) Greek orator. He was a metic (resident foreigner) in Athens, and he and his brother were seized by the ruling oligarchy in 404 as disaffected aliens; his brother was killed but Lysias escaped. Lysias ranks with Antiphon as a writer of clear, simple prose of great effectiveness, and his style became one model for Attic Greek prose. Many of his writings survive.


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