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Gorgias: Encomium of Helen

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The Encomium of Helen is thought to have been the demonstration piece of the Ancient Greek sophist, Presocratic philosopher and rhetorician, Gorgias. In this edition Malcolm MacDowell provides a useful introduction, the Greek text, his own English translation, and commentary.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 1991 by Bristol Classical Press (first published June 1st 1982)
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Elias Vasilis Kontaxakis
“How then can the blame of Helen be considered just? Whether she did what she did, invaded by love, persuaded by speech, impelled by force or compelled by divine necessity, she escapes all blame entirely.”

When we think of classical Greek philosophy, we think of Socrates and Plato (men we call proper philosophers) and anyone who thought before them we call Sophists. Now a sophist in ancient Greece was simply a teacher, who taught rhetoric, art, sometimes mathematics, and other subjects to the Ath
This one was okay. Nothing too special.
Haha I love Gorgias-- he's hilarious.
Don't agree with any of his nihilism or anything, but Encomium of Helen is fun&short read.
Jason Tiearney
A pretty easy read, but his style is quite artificial so it makes it an awkward read sometimes. A good text to springboard discussion about many aspects of Ancient Greek thought.
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Encomio Di Elena ;Apologia Di Palamede Fragmentos Y Testimonios (Historia Del Pensamiento, #16) Fragmentos Γοργίας ο Λεοντίνος : Λόγοι, μαρτυρίες, αποσπάσματα

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“And if persuasive discourse deceived her soul, it is not on that account difficult to defend her and absolve her of responsibility, thus: discourse is a great potentate, which by the smallest and most secret body accomplishes the most divine works; for it can stop fear and assuage pain and produce joy and make mercy abound.” 0 likes
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