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Isocrates (436338 BC), Greek rhetorician. Though he didn't speak himself, due to his weak voice and stage fright, he made many contributions to rhetoric and education in ancient Greece through his teaching and written works. Of the 60 orations in his name available in Roman times, 21 were transmitted by ancient and medieval scribes. Another three orations were found in a single codex during a 1988 excavation at Kellis, a site in the Dakhleh Oasis of Egypt. We have nine letters in his name, but the authenticity of four have been questioned. One of his most enduring influences has been to the field of liberal education.


He was a fierce opponent of Plato. Among his students were Hypereides, Theopompus, and Ephorus.


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Isocrates - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (504 words)
Isocrates (436–338 BC), Greek rhetorician, was one of the ten Attic orators.
Isocrates' professional career is said to have begun as a logographer, or a hired courtroom speech writer.
Because of Plato's attacks on the Sophists, this school of rhetoric and philosophy came to be viewed as unethical and deceitful.
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