The Greek Sophists

The Greek Sophists

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 30mm | 381.02g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0140436898
  • 9780140436891
  • 255,183

About John Dillon

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, more

Table of contents

The Greek SophistsChronology 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 Indexshow more
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