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G. Millot, Robertson), or excessive flattery towards Demetrius Poliorcetes (Gast, Gillies, Robertson, William Young). The influential Rollin (1738, vol. 7, p. 132) covers both views, criticizing the Athenians for their behaviour toward both Demetriuses: ‘The extreme ingratitude the Athenians discovered towards Demetrius Phalereus, was no less criminal and extravagant than the immoderate acknowledgement they had just shown to their new master’. So too does Robertson (1793, p. 490) who not only condemns the Athenians for overthrowing Demetrius of Phalerum, whom he ranks ‘among the greatest men that Athens every produced’, but proceeds (1793, p.
5, p. 195) observes, in the heat of party contest among the republics, the foul language of democratical debate would sometimes stigmatise the Macedonians with the name of barbarians. But this is not found from any others. Among the Greek historians their Grecian blood has been universally acknowledged. The Reception of Hellenistic Athens 41 Their speech was certainly Grecian, their manners were Grecian, their religion was Grecian; with differences, as far as they are reported to us, not greater than existed among the different republics.
With Demosthenes canonized, and his death marking the death of Greece, what hope is there for the Athens of Stratocles? The origins of Cawkwell’s metaphor (1996, p. 98) of Athens’ heart beating ‘fitfully’ after her defeat at the hands of Philip of Macedon seem rather clear. Phocion: Socrates Executed Anew? The death of liberty (brought on by the death of Demosthenes) is seen to lead inevitably to degenerate behaviour at Athens in the Hellenistic period. As noted above, Plutarch cites both Phocion’s death, and the deification of Demetrius Poliorcetes as evidence of the degeneration of Hellenistic Athens.