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    In defense of patriotism defined as hatred of the other.

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    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 I...

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    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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Isocrates I (The Oratory of Classical Greece, vol. 4) 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 B.C 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 Public.Classical 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 Few.This Volume Contains Works From The Early, Middle, And Late Career Of The Athenian Rhetorician Isocrates 436 338 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.