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Aristogeiton (in Greek Aριστογειτων; lived 4th century BC) was an Athenian orator and adversary of Demosthenes and Dinarchus. His father, Scydimus, died in prison, as he was a debtor of the state and unable to pay: his son, Aristogeiton, who inherited the debt, was likewise imprisoned for some time. He is called a demagogue and a sycophant, and his eloquence is described as of a coarse and vehement character.1 His impudence drew upon him the surname of "the dog." He was often accused by Demosthenes and others, and defended himself in a number of orations which are lost. Among the extant speeches of Demosthenes there are two against Aristogeiton, and among those of Dinarchus there is one. the Suda2 mentions seven orations of Aristogeiton3, and an eighth against Phryne is mentioned by Athenaeus.4 Aristogeiton died in prison.5


Smith, William (editor); Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, "Aristogeiton", Boston, (1867)


  • 1 Hermogenes of Tarsus, De Formis Oratoriis, i; Photius, Bibliotheca, cod. 268; Plutarch, Parallel Lives, "Phocion", 10; Quintilian, Institutio oratoria, xii. 10
  • 2 Suda, "Aristogeiton (1)", "Aristogeiton (2)"
  • 3 Photius, cod. 265; Harpocration, Lexicon of the Ten Orators, s.v. "Autokleides"
  • 4 Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae, xiii. 60
  • 5 Plutarch, Moralia, "Sayings of kings and commanders" p. 188


At Perseus can be found the three surviving orations against Aristogeiton (both Greek text and English translation):


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology by William Smith (1867).

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