Free Book Online
Book Antiphon the Athenian: Oratory, Law and Justice in the Age of the Sophists

Pdf

Antiphon the Athenian: Oratory, Law and Justice in the Age of the Sophists

4.4 (1466)

Log in to rate this item

    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | Antiphon the Athenian: Oratory, Law and Justice in the Age of the Sophists.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Michael Gagarin (Author)

    Book details


Winner, Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, 2003 Antiphon was a fifth-century Athenian intellectual (ca. 480-411 BCE) who created the profession of speechwriting while serving as an influential and highly sought-out adviser to litigants in the Athenian courts. Three of his speeches are preserved, together with three sets of Tetralogies (four hypothetical paired speeches), whose authenticity is sometimes doubted. Fragments also survive of intellectual treatises on subjects including justice, law, and nature (physis), which are often attributed to a separate Antiphon the Sophist. Were these two Antiphons really one and the same individual, endowed with a wide-ranging mind ready to tackle most of the diverse intellectual interests of his day? Through an analysis of all these writings, this book convincingly argues that they were composed by a single individual, Antiphon the Athenian. Michael Gagarin sets close readings of individual works within a wider discussion of the fifth-century Athenian intellectual climate and the philosophical ferment known as the sophistic movement. This enables him to demonstrate the overall coherence of Antiphon's interests and writings and to show how he was a pivotal figure between the sophists and the Attic orators of the fourth century. In addition, Gagarin's argument allows us to reassess the work of the sophists as a whole, so that they can now be seen as primarily interested in logos (speech, argument) and as precursors of fourth-century rhetoric, rather than in their usual role as foils for Plato.
4.4 (6920)
  • Pdf

*An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Formats for this Ebook

PDF
Required Software Any PDF Reader, Apple Preview
Supported Devices Windows PC/PocketPC, Mac OS, Linux OS, Apple iPhone/iPod Touch.
# of Devices Unlimited
Flowing Text / Pages Pages
Printable? Yes

Book details

  • PDF | 250 pages
  • Michael Gagarin (Author)
  • University of Texas Press: 1 edition (15 July 2002)
  • English
  • 3
  • History

Read online or download a free book: Antiphon the Athenian: Oratory, Law and Justice in the Age of the Sophists

 

Review Text


Name:
Email*:
The message text*: