By Brenda Griffith-Williams
In A statement on chosen Speeches of Isaios, Brenda Griffith-Williams bargains a clean perception, available to non-Greek readers, into 4 disputed inheritance circumstances from the Athenian courts within the 4th century B.C. the one finished English language observation on Isaios (Wyse, 1904) displays a unfavourable view of the Athenian criminal approach as one within which the judges, who had no criminal education, might be simply outwitted by means of an unscrupulous speechwriter with out regard for the reality. by means of addressing the complicated interaction of real, felony, and rhetorical matters within the chosen speeches, Brenda Griffith-Williams identifies the strengths and weaknesses of every speaker's case and provides a extra balanced evaluate of Isaios's paintings.
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3, which Wyse adduces in support of the supposed bias of the dikastai in favour of kinship, suggests no more than that they were suspicious of wills because of the numerous forgeries produced in court: “Why do they vote in some dikastēria for kinsmen rather than wills? ” The verbal echoes of Isa. 41 may suggest that this line of reasoning had become commonplace in inheritance speeches. 22. ” Fuller v Strum  EWCA Civ 1879 (7 December 2001). Cf. Isa. ” 52 §9 Wills Act 1837, as amended; discussed by Sawyer (1998), 77–108.
General introduction 19 ordinary inferential reasoning based on logic and general experience. e. if it has some connection with it—the test is: does it tend to support (or negate) the probandum at all? On what basis do we establish the connection? 62 It is worth considering the various categories of supposedly ‘non-legal’ Athenian evidence in the light of this analysis, and comparing its use with actual forensic practice in some modern cases. To start with family relations: the argumentation used in Isaios’s speeches indicates that an Athenian litigant attacking a will would have been expected to show that he was closer to the deceased than his opponent, not only in terms of blood relationship, but also of intimacy and affection.
6, the prosecution speech from a dikē pseudomarturiōn, was delivered on behalf of a son adopted by will, but the argumentation focuses on the legitimacy of the rival claimants rather than the validity of the will. 20 general introduction it may arouse suspicion about the authenticity of a will. For example, in the case of Franks v Sinclair64 the court heard extensive evidence about the character of the testatrix and her relations with members of the family, before deciding that the will produced by the claimant (her son) did not represent her true intentions and that an earlier will in favour of her grandson (a daughter’s son) should stand.
A Commentary on Selected Speeches of Isaios by Brenda Griffith-Williams