Dio Chrysostom, Discourses 7. The Euboean Discourse

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The Seventh or Euboean Discourse

The seventh Discourse belongs to the later period of Dio’s life, as the reference to himself as an old man and the style show. It seems to have been delivered in Rome.

This Discourse falls naturally into two parts: first, the story of the simple hunters in the wilds of Euboea—a very popular one that at an early period was separated from the rest of the Discourse—second, a descripton of the life Dio would have the poor lead in the cities and the difficulties they have to contend with, and, finally, of the social evils that should be remedied.

The portrayal of the conditions in the country and in the cities of his time is very instructive for the historian who would become acquainted with that period of history and gain some insight into the causes that led to the downfall of the Roman Empire.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.dio_chrysostom-discourses_7_euboean_discourse.1932