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This mythical tale, of which the subject was a history of the wars of the Athenians against the Island of Atlantis, is supposed to be founded upon an unfinished poem of Solon, to which it would have stood in the same relation as the writings of the logographers to the poems of Homer.
82) makes a compelling case that Lysias 1, On the Murder of Eratosthenes, is quite probably a "fictional speech based on a fictional case, designed not only to instruct and to delight but, quite probably to advertise the logographer's skill."
Sometime between 417 and 411 (i.e., a few years before the production of the Orestes), the logographer Antiphon composed a defense speech for a non-Athenian client accused of killing an Athenian citizen.
In his career as a logographer, Lysias would have had a higher level of familiarity with laws and legal procedures than the majority of his clients, and he used this expertise in the construction of his orations (Bronner, 1970).
(8) The echoes of Lysias 1 noted here would seem to indicate that a good deal of embellishment is entailed, since the details of Lysias' narrative are too carefully suited to the specifics of his case to believe that they too could derive from an earlier account by Xanthus: while the individual elements of Lysias' narrative are familiar from the general tradition, this particular constellation of those elements must be credited to the logographer. (9) The subsequent use of the speech in refashioning Gyges' tale is probably to be attributed to Nicolaus himself, although the possibility of an intermediate Hellenistic source cannot altogether be discounted.
Beginning with an account of Derrida's logic of supplementarity as explored in his readings of Rousseau in Of Grammatology, Rivkin makes an agile analogy between Derrida's account of the 'logographer' or speech-writer and James's version of 'ghost writers', in three ghostly tales of writers and artists, to suggest the way these works meditate the incompleteness of any artistic medium or process.
30.4.5) is regularly interpreted to mean that Antiphon was the first logographer to publish commissioned speeches,(26) though I have argued that Antiphon was indeed the first to write speeches for others for money.(27) Either way, it is worth emphasizing that Pseudo-Plutarch, and presumably therefore Caecilius, did not possess any speeches earlier than Antiphon, and he in fact supports the tradition by reference to the absence of earlier forensic speeches, while adducing the names of leading political figures:
43 To equate Dionysius' archaioi sungrapheis with Thucydides' logographoi is not to say that every reference to a logographer in ancient literature concerns the authors discussed by Dionysius.
He was a logographer and a writer of speeches for other men to deliver in their defense in court.
480-411 B.C.), famous as a logographer, writing speeches for others.
To sharpen the above argument, I shall now proceed to the position of the writer of speeches, the logographer.
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