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Isocrates I (The Oratory of Classical Greece, vol. 4) [Read] ➳ Isocrates I (The Oratory of Classical Greece, vol. 4) By Isocrates – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk This is the fourth volume in the Oratory of Classical Greece series Planned for publication over several years, the series will present all of the surviving speeches from the late fifth and fourth cen This is the fourth volume in the Oratory of Classical Greece series Planned for publication over several years, the series will present all of the surviving speeches from the late fifth and fourth centuries BC in new translations prepared by classical scholars who are at the forefront of the discipline These translations are especially designed for the needs and interests of today s undergraduates, Greekless scholars in other disciplines, and the general publicClassical oratory is an invaluable resource for the study of ancient Greek life and culture The speeches offer evidence on Greek moral views, social and economic conditions, political and social ideology, and other aspects of Athenian culture that have been largely ignored women and family life, slavery, and religion, to name just a fewThis volume contains works from the early, middle, and late career of the Athenian rhetorician Isocrates Among the translated works are his legal speeches, pedagogical essays, and his lengthy autobiographical defense, Antidosis In them, he seeks to distinguish himself and his work, which he characterizes as philosophy, from that of the sophists and other intellectuals such as Plato Isocrates identity as a teacher was an important mode of political activity, through which he sought to instruct his students, foreign rulers, and his fellow Athenians He was a controversial figure who championed a role for the written word in fourth century politics and thought.


10 thoughts on “Isocrates I (The Oratory of Classical Greece, vol. 4)

  1. Nathan Nathan says:

    In defense of patriotism defined as hatred of the other.


  2. Eric Eric says:

    This book provides some helpful context for Isocrates and his works, as well as nice translations of many of those works Given my interests, I was especially drawn to Against the Sophists and the Antidosis.One of his earlier works, Against the Sophists is Isocrates attempt to create a space for his school and pedagogy in Athens He does so by critiquing sophists as braggarts and amoral deceivers Instead of honestly admitting the importance of the student s experiences or his native abilit This book provides some helpful context for Isocrates and his works, as well as nice translations of many of those works Given my interests, I was especially drawn to Against the Sophists and the Antidosis.One of his earlier works, Against the Sophists is Isocrates attempt to create a space for his school and pedagogy in Athens He does so by critiquing sophists as braggarts and amoral deceivers Instead of honestly admitting the importance of the student s experiences or his native ability, these so called instructors claim to be able to teach anyone to be an effective rhetor as if the science of speeches is like teaching the alphabet 9 Learning to make effective political speeches is a creative activity that cannot be taught via an ordered art, but requires both student and teacher to attend to circumstances kairoi , propriety and originality 12 13 Isocrates presents himself as an honest teacher one who admits the limits of instruction and the importance of the speaking abilities innate in the well born 14 , but who can nevertheless offer useful training in knowledge of the forms ideai that we use in speaking and composing all speeches as someone who knows something about them 16.The Antidosis is a fictional legal defense written by Isocrates near the end of his life It is based on an actual situation in which a wealthy citizen used legal means to successfully offload his responsibility for funding a trireme onto Isocrates by claiming Isocrates was the wealthier of the two In the speech, Isocrates replaces the actual citizen with the fictional Lysimachus, who is characterized by Isocrates as a habitually litigious sykophant Isocrates uses the speech not only to defend himself against Lysimachus charges, but to defend his relatively apolitical lifestyle, his pedagogy, and his legacy He argues that he has done great things for Athens, associating himself with theleisured of the Greeks and claiming that most of his means come entirely from outside Athens 39 thus he was not a financial burden on the city s citizens He has not made his money as a despicable litigator or a speechmaker for court cases, but instead wrote speeches of a political character to be delivered in panegyric assemblies 46 He associates these sorts of speeches and thus himself with philosophy, while he associates court speeches with the political meddling of sykophants like Lysimachus He uses examples and passages from his past speeches as evidence of his goodwill towards Athens and Greece 56 In addition to citing past speeches, he cites the names of some of his students who went on to do great things for Athens Respondingdirectly to Lysimachus slander that he possessed great wealth, Isocrates notes that none of the so called sophists has earned much money 155 In an interesting reversal from his earlier Against the Sophists, Isocrates associates himself with some of the sophists though not the quibblings of the older sophists 271 and worries that he might incur some harm from the popular prejudice against the sophists 168 He offers a long encomium of philosophy, which he presents as the purview of real sophists, in order to defend both himself and his practices He sets up philosophy as a sort of proto liberal arts education for the aristocratic youth who should rightly be at the forefront of Athenian democracy, and he presents himself as a relatively apolitical apragmonestatoi man who has quietly espoused and offered that education 217


  3. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    A valuable portrait of Classical Athens, told by a cantankerous, deeply earnest, sometimes very wise old man The intro essays are brief, to the point, and useful With Greek and English versions of the same passages side by side, it s an excellent pocket edition for neophytes or established scholars.


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