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The Great Sophists in Periclean Athens

The Great Sophists in Periclean Athens

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By (author) Jacqueline De Romilly, Translated by Janet Lloyd

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Paperback | 276 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 20mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 10 September 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019823807X
  • ISBN 13: 9780198238072
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,093,818

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'a brilliant introduction to the Sophists of fifth-century Athens and a major reinterpretation of the goals and effects of their thought. Engagingly written, this eminently accessible account deserves lasting popularity.' Choice 'This is a fine work, indispensable for any study of Socrates, the Sophists or Plato ...the interest of de Romilly's book lies not only with the combination of enthusiasm and sound scholarship in the use of a wide range of texts, but also in the general and continuing problems of dialogue between thinkers ahead of their times and their contemporary public.' Phronesis 'a vigorous and stimulating book which richly deserves to be made available to an English-speaking readership.' Classical Review 'now available in this smooth and readable translation ...a lively and engaging introduction to the Sophistic movement. While Great Sophists is written primarily for a general educated audience, scholars will find much of interest in de Romilly's reconstruction of the age of the Sophists. De Romilly deserves much credit for bringing a remarkable immediacy to the subject ...Classicists and the general public should appreciate this new and controversial assessment of the Sophistic movement. ' Bryn Mawr Classical Review 'It was a happy idea of the Oxford University Press to commission an English translation from Janet Lloyd, the premier translator of major French work in ancient Greek cultural studies ...Lloyd's version is not merely accurate and fluent but faithful also to the effervescent (lan of the original' Times Literary Supplement 'compelling ...Exquisite nuance informs both writing and translation' Religious Studies Review

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Jacqueline de Romilly is a Member of the French Academy and was, until her retirement in 1983, Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the College de France. She was the first woman Professor at the College, and the first woman elected to the Academie des Inscriptions et des Belles-Lettres.

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"A lively and engaging introduction to the Sophistic movement....De Romilly deserves much credit for bringing a remarkable immediacy to the subject of the Sophists and their legacy. Classicists and the general public should appreciate this new and controversial assessment of the Sophistic movement."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review"Offers a brilliant introduction to the Sophists of fifth-century Athens and a major reinterpretation of the goals and effects of their thought....Engagingly written, this eminently accessible account deserves lasting popularity."--Choice"Exquisite nuance informs both writing and translation in this work, which should complement libraries in classical, philosophy, political science, and religion."--Religious Studies Review"Uniting the skills of the philologist with those of the philosopher, de Romilly makes an important contribution to the creation of thinking about the thinking of goodness, justice, truth, etc., in the history of ideas."--Rhetoric Review

Table of contents

1. The Rise and Success of the Sophists ; 2. A New Teaching ; 3. Rhetorical Education ; 4. The Doctrines of the Sophists: A Tabula Rasa ; 5. The Dangers of the the Tabula Rasa: Immoralism ; 6. Reconstruction on the Basis of the Tabula Rasa ; 7. Recovering the Virtues ; 8. Politics ; Conclusion and Afterthoughts ; Bibliographical Notes ; Chronological Table ; Index ; Supplementary References ; Translator's Note on Greek and Latin Texts