Demosthenes Timeline

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  • c. 384 BCE - 322 CE
    Life of Athenian statesman Demosthenes.
  • c. 366 BCE
    Athenian orator Demosthenes wins his first court case against his own guardians.
  • 355 BCE
    Demosthenes begins to deliver speeches in the Athenian assembly.
  • c. 347 BCE
    Athenian orator Demosthenes is sent on a diplomatic embassy to the court of Philip II of Macedon.
  • 346 BCE
    Demosthenes gives his 'On the Peace' speech to the Athenian assembly advocating war against Philip II of Macedon.
  • 342 BCE
    Demosthenes is charged with organising a league of Greek city-states for war against Macedon.
  • 338 BCE
    The first battle of Chaeronea. Philip II of Macedon defeats the Greek alliance directed against him, led by Athens and Thebes.
  • 324 BCE
    Demosthenes is exiled from Athens, accused of taking bribes from Alexander the Great's treasurer Harpalos.
  • 322 BCE
    Athenian orator Demosthenes commits suicide to avoid capture by the Macedonians.