(c.459-380 BC)

Born in Athens, Lysias and his brother were deprived of their wealth by the Thirty Tyrants of Athens. When democracy was restored, Lysias made a lawsuit against the tyrant responsible for his brother's death. He was one of Athens most brilliant lawyers, and when Socrates was taken to court he wrote a defense speech for the philosopher, which the latter rejected since he wanted to defend himself. Lysias also had a successuful career as orator.

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