- M. B. Trapp
ExtractAlcidamas (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