The Greek Sophists (Paperback)

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By John Dillon (Introduction by), John Dillon (Translated by), Tania Gergel (Introduction by), Tania Gergel (Translated by)
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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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780140436891
ISBN-10: 0140436898
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: October 28th, 2003
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics