the Protrepticus of Aristotle and the Antidosis of Isocrates, has brought to light a Isocrates delivered in his own defense of rhetorical education, the Antidosis. Isocrates’ Antidosis. (Text from Perseus Project Archive–for educational use.) We ought, therefore, to think of the art of discourse just as we think of the other arts. Too (Y.L.) A Commentary on Isocrates’ Antidosis. Pp. χ. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, Cas. ISBN: doi/.

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Antidosis itself is divided into short sections.

However, since Isocrates wrote it when isocraates was 82 years old, it is generally seen by some people as an autobiography. Aristophanes’ Wasps Kenneth Rothwell. It is known that in his own life Isocrates did in fact go to court in his own defense over an amount of money he was made to pay. Isocratic Ambivalence and the Ethics of Composition.

Antidosis – Wikipedia

Original Language Translation Browse Bar: He states that as a lifelong teacher, the value of the education that he has provided for students is worth far more than any monetary donation he can give to Athens. View text chunked by: Unicode Buckwalter transliteration View by Default: I would recommend Perseus to other students; however, it is necessary for students to take some time to get to know the technology before it is user friendly.

Once I found the link to the full text version, I found the display easy to read and easily searchable. Isocrates proved his rationale by citing the accomplishments and devotion to the state his students displayed after being educated by him.


Isocrates, Antidosis George Norlin, Ed. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Oxford Classical Dictionary Tim Whitmarsh. Although this work is put forward by Isocrates as his imagined defense in a legal case, it is more a treatise on morality and teaching. Roman Republican Augury Lindsay G.

A Commentary on Isocrates’ Antidosis

Although it is assumed that he is defending himself from a charge of corrupting the youth, nowhere in his Antidosis antdiosis Isocrates mention what crime he is charged with and from which he must defend, nor does it say what the penalty would be for being found guilty. Show by default Hide by default. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. It was initially difficult to find the text because my searches were bringing up only texts which included my search words: Another idea by scholars is that early on in the AntidosisIsocrates reads aloud that he is being indicted for corrupting his students.

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Extract from the Panegyricus. Leave a reply Cancel reply Comment. How does one construct a role for oneself in the fourth-century democratic city? University of Toronto Libraries, n.

Nicocles or the Cyprians. Full search options are on the right side and top of the page. For Isocrates to be sentenced to death would be to ignore the public service that he has performed for the city, by which he has devoted his life to giving its citizens a proper rhetorical education. His purpose is to reveal similarities between classical and modern opinions of the importance of natural ability and study in becoming a great orator in order to invoke change to the common, damaging, assumption that writing is a natural ability, not a learned skill.


Isocrates states that the teacher should be judged by his students, in that if they do good and moral works then the teacher has done a good job and should be praised. Since, however, it is novel and different in character, it is necessary to begin by setting forth the reasons why I chose to write a discourse so unlike any other; for if I neglected to make this clear, my speech would, no doubt, impress many as curious and strange.

The Antidosis can be viewed as a defense, an autobiographyor rhetorical treatise.

A Commentary on Isocrates’ Antidosis – Yun Lee Too – Oxford University Press

This text is part of: Vergil in Russia Zara Martirosova Torlone. Isocrates argues that native ability is necessary for becoming a good orator, along with a proper education on the subject and practical experience.

Current location in this text. Moreover, Yun Lee Too demonstrates how the narrative of ‘self’ in the Antidosis is to be understood as a sophisticated amalgam of literary, rhetorical, philosophical, and legal discourses.

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