Demosthenes Net Worth

Demosthenes was born in Athens, Greek, is Statesman & Orator. Demosthenes was one of the most important historical figures from ancient Greek. A celebrated orator and statesman of his times, he is credited to have contributed considerably to the development of rhetoric and oration in ancient Athens. Orphaned at a young age, he was brought by his guardians who took advantage of the vast inheritance his father had left him. In spite of being an educated young man he could not speak well because of a speech impediment. However, he worked hard to overcome this impediment and became a great orator. He used his oratory skills to gain back from his guardians a portion of his inheritance. In addition to his oratory skills, he was also an excellent writer who used to write speeches for clients involved in judicial cases. A man of very high intelligence, he could handle all kinds of cases which earned him several wealthy and powerful clients. His judiciary experience made him an apt candidate for politics as well. He is best known for his orations that were directed against King Philip II of Macedon who had been formally in war with Athens. He gave many powerful speeches as the ambassador of Athens in opposing Macedon’s expansion into Athens. Demosthenes sought to safeguard his city from Macedon’s onslaught and preserve Athens’s freedom.
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Age, Biography and Wiki

Who is it? Statesman & Orator
Birth Place Athens, Greek
Died On 12 October 322 BC (aged 62)\nIsland of Kalaureia (present-day Poros)

💰 Net worth: Under Review

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Famous Quotes:

Had you for Greece been strong, as wise you were, The Macedonian would not have conquered her.



In 341 BC Demosthenes was sent to Byzantium, where he sought to renew its alliance with Athens. Thanks to Demosthenes' diplomatic manoeuvres, Abydos also entered into an alliance with Athens. These developments worried Philip and increased his anger at Demosthenes. The Assembly, however, laid aside Philip's grievances against Demosthenes' conduct and denounced the peace treaty; so doing, in effect, amounted to an official declaration of war. In 339 BC Philip made his last and most effective bid to conquer southern Greece, assisted by Aeschines' stance in the Amphictyonic Council. During a meeting of the Council, Philip accused the Amfissian Locrians of intruding on consecrated ground. The presiding officer of the Council, a Thessalian named Cottyphus, proposed the convocation of an Amphictyonic Congress to inflict a harsh punishment upon the Locrians. Aeschines agreed with this proposition and maintained that the Athenians should participate in the Congress. Demosthenes however reversed Aeschines' initiatives and Athens finally abstained. After the failure of a first military excursion against the Locrians, the summer session of the Amphictyonic Council gave command of the league's forces to Philip and asked him to lead a second excursion. Philip decided to act at once; in the winter of 339–338 BC, he passed through Thermopylae, entered Amfissa and defeated the Locrians. After this significant victory, Philip swiftly entered Phocis in 338 BC. He then turned south-east down the Cephissus valley, seized Elateia, and restored the fortifications of the city.


In Demosthenes's initial judicial orations, the influence of both Lysias and Isaeus is obvious, but his marked, original style is already revealed. Most of his extant speeches for private cases—written early in his career—show glimpses of talent: a powerful intellectual drive, masterly selection (and omission) of facts, and a confident assertion of the justice of his case, all ensuring the dominance of his viewpoint over his rival. However, at this early stage of his career, his writing was not yet remarkable for its subtlety, Verbal precision and variety of effects.