Second Sophistic, The

Second Sophistic, The

by Graham Anderson


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Sophism was the single most important movement in second century literature: prose of that period came to be written as entertainment rather than confined to historical subjects. Graham Anderson shows how the Greek sophists'skills in public speaking enabled them to perform effectively across a variety of activities. As he presents the sophists' roles as civic celebrities side-by-side with their roles as transmitters of Hellenic culture and literary artists, a co-ordinated view of the Second Sophistic as a complex phenomenon emerges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415099882
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/16/1993
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface Abbreviations Introduction: Roman Empire and Greek Renaissance 1. Sophists in Society 2. Preparation, Prologue, Performance 3. Communing with the Classics 4. Atticism and Antagonism 5. Hellenic Past, Graeco-Roman Present 6. Cookery and Confection: Sophistic Philosophy, Philosophic Sophistry 7. Some Sophistic Scene-painting 8. Logos Erotikos: The Sophist as Storyteller 9. Adoxa paradoxa: The Papaideumenos at play 10. Piety and Paideia: The Sophist and his Gods 11. Sophistic Self-Presentation: Some Studies 12. Conclusion: Values and Valuations Select Bibliography Index

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