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LEGAL ARGUMENTATION IN HYPEREIDES "AGAINST TIMANDROS"
Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies
Vol. 52 (2009), pp. 149-159
Published by: Wiley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43655779
Page Count: 11
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One of the more striking claims made by the speaker of Against Timandros is that guardians who had responsibility for groups of orphaned siblings were required by law to bring up the children together in the same household. In the present paper it is argued that Athenian legislation on orphans did not explicitly prescribe this, although there may have been a widespread consensus that, ideally, orphaned siblings ought not be separated. It is suggested that what the law actually prescribed was that the children should be brought up where their needs were most likely to be met, and that Hypereides' interpretation of the wording of the statute is as tendentious as it is clever. The way in which the speaker constructs his legal argumentation as part of a very effective character assassination of Timandros resembles the very sophisticated tactics found in Hypereides' speeches Against Athenogenes and For Euxenippos.
Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies © 2009 Wiley