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May 31, 2010

Gorgias, Plato/Socrates

Filed under: Classic,Greek — pha9 @ 2:27 pm

Gorgias is a Socratic Dialogue in which Plato sets the rhetorician in opposition to the philosopher. The art of persuasion was widely considered necessary for political and legal advantage in classical Athens, and rhetoricians promoted themselves as teachers of this fundamental skill. Some, like Gorgias, were foreigners attracted to Athens because of its reputation for intellectual and cultural sophistication. Plato’s Socrates suggests that he is one of the few (but not only) Athenians to practice true politics.

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