Peter Roth

7Isokrates: Redenschreiber und Vorkämpfer Griechenlands

Abstract: The art of political oratory taught by Isocrates promises to promote the personal morality of its followers. It fosters their loyalty to their polis and to Greece as a whole by informing them with the potentials of language and speech (“philosophy”). His own speeches have nothing to do with the politics of the day, nor were they delivered publicly. In order to discover their full meaning, an attentive and sympathetic reader is required. During his long period of teaching, Isocrates’ basic ideas remain consistent: what matters in political life is opinion (δόξα/doxa), not absolute truth. Cities and citizens should compete in furthering the common good, following the paradigm ...

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