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The Greek Sophists

The Greek Sophists

Paperback Penguin Classics

Translated by John Dillon, Translated by Tania Gergel

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 30mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140436898
  • ISBN 13: 9780140436891
  • Sales rank: 332,892

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By mid-5th century BC, Athens was governed by democratic rule and power turned upon the ability of the citizen to command the attention of the people, and to sway the crowds of the assembly. It was the Sophists who understood the art of rhetoric and the importance of transforming effective reasoning into persuasive public speaking. Their enquiries - into the status of women, slavery, the distinction between Greeks and barbarians, the existence of the gods, the origins of religion, and whether virtue can be taught - laid the groundwork for the insights of the next generation of thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle.

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JOHN DILLON is now Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College, Dublin. TANIA GERGEL is a lecturer in Ancient Greek Philosophy in the Department of Classics at King's College, London.