A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

(Ἀριστογείτων), an Athenian orator and adversary of Demosthenes and Deinarchus. 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. (Hennog. de Form. Orat. i. p. 296, and the Scholiast passim; Phot. Cod. p. 496; Plut. Phoc. 10 ; Quint. Inst. 12.10.22.) 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 Deinarchus there is one. Suidas and Eudocia (p. 65) mention seven orations of Aristogeiton (comp. Phot. Cod. pp. 491, 495; Tzetz. Chil. 6.94, &c., 105, &c.; Harpocrat. s. vv. Ἀντοκλείδης and Θέρσανδρος), and an eighth against Phryne is mentioned by Athenaeus. (xiii. p. 591.) Aristogeiton died in prison. (Plut. Apophth. Reg. p. 188b.; compare Taylor, Praef. ad Demosth. Orat. c. Aristog. in Schaefer's Apparat. Crit. iv. p. 297, &c.; and Aeschin. c. Timarch. p. 22; S. Thorlacius, Opuscul. ii. pp. 201-240.)