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Author: Alcidamas; J V Muir
Publisher: London : Bristol Classical Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Alcidamas is a significant figure in the early development of Greek rhetoric at the beginning of the fourth century BC. Pupil of Gorgias and a keen rival of Isocrates, he probably influenced Aeschines and Demosthenes, and was warmly admired by Cicero. He had read some of Plato's works, and was the subject of detailed critical attention in Aristotle's Rhetoric. His extant works are On those who write written speeches  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Alcidamas, 4th cent. B.C.
Works and fragments.
London : Bristol Classical Press, 2001
(OCoLC)606586754
Named Person: Alcidamas; Alcidamas
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alcidamas; J V Muir
ISBN: 1853996106 9781853996108
OCLC Number: 47219699
Language Note: Greek text and English translation on facing pages.
Description: xxxiii, 94 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Alcidamas' life --
Context of Alcidamas' work --
Alcidamas' works --
Alcidamas' style.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: Alcidamas ; edited with introduction, translation and commentary by J.V. Muir.

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Alcidamas is a significant figure in the early development of Greek rhetoric at the beginning of the fourth century BC. Pupil of Gorgias and a keen rival of Isocrates, he probably influenced Aeschines and Demosthenes, and was warmly admired by Cicero. He had read some of Plato's works, and was the subject of detailed critical attention in Aristotle's Rhetoric. His extant works are On those who write written speeches (a treatise on the advantages to the speaker of improvisation on a well-prepared brief as against text-bound delivery), and Odysseus (a pattern exercise in constructing a prosecution speech -- in this case against Palamedes for alleged treachery at Troy). The Greek text of these and other surviving fragments is presented in this edition -- the first to provide a full commentary on the surviving works together with an English translation. This will be essential for libraries and for all with an interest in ancient oratory. Book jacket.

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