The Greek Sophists

The Greek Sophists

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140436891
  • 464 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

The Sophists, who rose to prominence in democratic Athens during the mid-fifth century b.c., understood the art of rhetoric and the importance of being able to transform effective reasoning into persuasive public speaking. Their inquiries-into the gods, the origins of religion, and whether virtue can be taught-influenced the next generation of classical philosophers and formed the foundations of the European prose style and formal oratory. In this new translation each chapter is organized around the work of one character, including Gorgias, Prodicus, Protagoras, and Antiphon, among others.

Table of Contents

Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Text

1. Protagoras of Abdera
2. Gorgias of Leontini
3. Prodicus of Ceos
4. Hippias of Elis
5. Antiphon
6. Thrasymachus of Chalcedon
7. Critias of Athens
8. Euthydemus and Dionysodorus of Chios
9. Alcidamas of Elaea
10. The Anonymus Iamblichi and the Double Arguments

Appendix: A Conspectus of Sources
Notes
Index of Rhetorical Terms
Index

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