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Lysias (b. c. 445 BC--d. after 380 BC)

Greek professional speech writer whose unpretentious simplicity became the model for a plain style of Attic Greek.

Lysias' surviving forensic speeches often deal with crimes against the state--murder, malicious wounding, sacrilege, and taking bribes. He was capable of passionate oratory, as exemplified in his own most famous speech, "Against Eratosthenes," denouncing one of the Thirty Tyrants for his part in the reign of terror that followed the collapse of Athens in 404.

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Publication:Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1995
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