Isocrates and Some topoi Re-Invented


  • Joanna Janik Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland



Isocrates, rhetoric, Plato


Isocrates and Some topoi Re-Invented

Isocrates, a political commentator, writer and teacher, was usually praised for his style and erudition, but hardly considered to be an original author. This opinion, however, seems to be a little unjust; Isocrates was perfectly able to use his profound knowledge of the Greek tradition in order to support his views, not always in a way one might have expected. In the way Isocrates refers to the well-known motifs and personalities one may discover an original approach. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate this technique with reference to Solon’ ethics and the person of Socrates.


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How to Cite

Janik, J. “Isocrates and Some Topoi Re-Invented”. Classica Cracoviensia, vol. 16, Nov. 2013, pp. 81-89, doi:10.12797/CC.16.2013.16.06.