The Antidosis can be viewed as a defense, an autobiography , or rhetorical treatise. However, since Isocrates wrote it when he was 82 years old, it is generally seen by some people as an autobiography. If the supposedly richer man disagreed with the terms, then the entirety of their estates would be exchanged and the now more wealthy man would have to perform the liturgy , as originally planned. The law inspired Isocrates' Antidosis , which was written in the form of a court case where Isocrates had to defend himself from a charge of corrupting the youth by teaching them how to speak well in order for them to gain an unfair advantage over their peers. Although this work is put forward by Isocrates as his imagined defense in a legal case, it is more a treatise on morality and teaching.
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The digital Loeb Classical Library extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. The importance of Isocrates for the study of Greek civilisation of the fourth century BCE is indisputable. From to he wrote speeches for Athenian law courts, and then became a teacher of composition for would-be orators. This school had famous pupils from all over the Greek world, such as the historians Ephorus and Theopompus and orators Isaeus, Lycurgus, and Hypereides.
Isocrates also wrote in gifted style essays on political questions, his main idea being a united Greece to conquer the Persian empire. Thus in his fine Panegyricus written for the th Olympiad gathering in he urged that the leadership should be granted to Athens, possibly in conjunction with Sparta. Twenty-one discourses by Isocrates survive; these include political essays, treatises on education and on ethics, and speeches for legal cases.
Nine letters are also extant; they are concerned more with public than with private matters. The Loeb Classical Library edition of Isocrates is in three volumes. Remembering Our Veterans during a Pandemic. Social distancing will make this Memorial Day quite different from what we are used to. No motorcycles rumbling around the Nati …. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Against the Sophists. Panathenaicus Isocrates Translated by George Norlin.
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