A Commentary on Isocrates' Busiris (Mnemosyne, Bibliotheca Classica Batava Supplementum)

Niall Livingstone

This quantity comprises the 1st scholarly remark at the perplexing paintings "Busiris" half mythological "jeu d esprit," half rhetorical treatise and half self-promoting polemic through the Greek educator and rhetorician Isocrates (436-338 BC). The observation unearths Isocrates ideas in advertisements his personal political rhetoric as a center manner among amoral sophistic schooling and the abstruse experiences of Plato s Academy. Introductory chapters situate "Busiris" in the vigorous highbrow market of 4th-century Athens, displaying how the paintings parodies Plato s "Republic," and the way its revisionist remedy of the monster-king Busiris displays Athenian fascination with the alien knowledge of Egypt. As a complete, the publication casts new mild either on Isocrates himself, published as an agile and witty polemicist, and at the fight among rhetoric and philosophy from which Hellenism and smooth humanities have been born."

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