The Great Sophists in Periclean Athens (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Great Sophists in Periclean Athens The arrival of the sophists in Athens in the middle of the 5th century BC was an intellectual event of great importance. Professor de Romilly investigates the success of the Sophists' teaching and evaluates the reaction against them, in the context of the culture of classical Athens.
- Published: 12 March 1992
- Format: Hardback 177 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780198242345 ISBN 10: 0198242344
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The 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.