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date: 29 November 2022


, rhetorician and sophist, 4th cent. bce


, rhetorician and sophist, 4th cent. bce
  • M. B. Trapp


Alcidamas (4th cent. BCE), rhetorician and sophist, was born in Elaea in Aeolis, studied with *Gorgias (1) and taught in Athens. His professional rivalry with *Isocrates and his school emerges in On the Writers of Written Speeches, in which he argues for the primacy of the skills of the practising, extemporizing orator. The Museum, a rhetorical textbook, survives only in fragments, but seems to have contained the germ of the later Contest of Homer and Hesiod.


  • Greek Literature

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