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Gorgias of Leontini(C. 485–C. 380 Bce)

Gorgias of Leontini (in Sicily) was a leading Greek rhetorician and Sophist of the fifth century BCE. He came to Athens on an diplomatic mission on behalf of Leontini in 427 B.C.E. and made an enormous personal success, delivering public orations as well as his official speech. He also toured the Greek cities as a celebrated teacher and public speaker, giving orations at the Olympic and Pythian games. Ancient sources associate him with the philosopher Empedocles (who may have been his teacher) and the rhetorician Isocrates (possibly his pupil). In addition to various sayings and fragments, three complete works by Gorgias have survived: Encomium of Helen, Defense of Palamedes, and On Not Being or On Nature. Gorgias is also depicted as a character in Plato's Gorgias, though how much evidence we can extract from this...

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