National Geographic : 1915 Oct
A ROUGH-HEWN FORUM WHERE GRECIAN ORATORS STROVE IN MATCHLESS PHRASE The latter part of the life of Demosthenes is intertwined with that of his rival Aschines. Forhis services tothestate theAthenians pro posed to award him a golden crown, which was opposed by IEschines. Like every other matter,ithad tobedetermined bydebate, and all Athens and strangers from far and near gathered to hear the rival orators. In his address, knownas the"Oration oftheCrown," which has been declared to be the most polished and powerful effort of human oratory, ?Eschines was completely crushed and sent into exile. Afterward, repeating Demosthenes' oration to some of his disciples and being wildly applauded, Eschines exclaimed, "You should have heard thewild beast himself!"