The Great Sophists in Periclean Athens

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Author  Jacqueline de Romilly
Publisher  Clarendon Press
Publication Date   September 10, 1998
ISBN  019823807X
Pages  280

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The arrival of the Sophists in Athens in the middle of the fifth century B.C. was a major intellectual event, for they brought with them a new method of teaching founded on rhetoric and bold doctrines which broke away from tradition. In this book 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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