Demochares ( * ca 355 BC, † 275 BC) was an Athenian orator and statesman in the time of Diadokhian.

Demochares was a nephew of Demosthenes. In vain Demochares spoke against his extradition to Antipater at the end of the war Lamian 322 BC. Since, in consequence, the pro- Macedonian party in Athens held the upper hand and is nothing to hear from Demochares, may be assumed that he was in the following years in exile. Only with the restoration of democracy by Demetrius I Poliorketes in the year 307 BC met his name again in a prominent place. Since Demochares but spoke out against the exaggerated honors that could accommodate the Antigonid the Athenians, he was 303 BC, exiled from the city.

In the year 298 BC, they called him back, and he was responsible for the expansion of the city's fortifications. Because of his attempts with the Boeotians to form an alliance, he was 296 or 295 BC once again sent into exile, from the BC he returned only 287 or 286. In the year 280 BC, he brought the Athenians to erect a memorial to his uncle Demosthenes.

Although Demochares was a friend of the Stoic Zeno of Kition, but he was otherwise an opponent of the philosophers, which he felt was a danger to the state. Therefore, he assisted in 306 BC, the proposal of a Sophocles to expel the philosophers from Attica. According to Cicero Demochares was the author of a historical work. His oratorical skills were appreciated by Polybius, questioned by Timaeus, however.

  • Greek ( Ancient )
  • Politicians (Athens)
  • Rhetoricians of antiquity
  • Born in the 4th century BC
  • Died 275 BC
  • Man