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    The Great Sophists in Periclean Athens (Hardback) By (author) Jacqueline De Romilly, Translated by Janet Lloyd


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    DescriptionThe arrival of the Sophists in Athens in the middle of the 5th century BC was an intellectual event of great importance. They brought a new method of teaching founded on rhetoric, and offered bold doctrines which broke away from tradition. They have often been misunderstood - only fragments of their own work survive and we have to rely on the testimony of Plato, who was an opponent, and on an interpretation of the works of their disciples such as Thucydides, Euripides and Isocrates. Athenians used their teaching to defend an amoralism which they themselves did not advocate. Professor de Romilly investigates the reasons for the initial success of the Sophists and the reaction against them, in the context of the culture and civilization of classical Athens.

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    The Great Sophists in Periclean Athens
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jacqueline De Romilly, Translated by Janet Lloyd
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 177
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 467 g
    ISBN 13: 9780198242345
    ISBN 10: 0198242344

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HPCA
    BISAC V2.8: SCI011000, PHI002000, HIS002010
    DC20: 183.109385
    LC classification: B288.R5513
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Clarendon Press
    Publication date
    12 March 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    "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
    The rise and success of the Sophists; a new teaching; rhetorical education; the doctrines of the Sophists; a tabula rasa; the dangers of the tabula rasa; immoralism; reconstruction on the basis of the tabula rasa; recovering the virtues; politics.