Prodicus the Sophist: Text, Translation, and Commentary

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The past fifty years have witnessed the flourishing of scholarship in virtually every area of ancient Greek philosophy, but the sophists have for the most part been neglected. This is certainly true of Prodicus of Ceos: of the four most well-known sophists--Protagoras, Gorgias, Prodicus, and Antiphon--he has received the least attention. Robert Mayhew provides a reassessment of his life and thought, and especially his views on language, religion, and ethics. This volume consists of ninety texts with facing ...
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Overview


The past fifty years have witnessed the flourishing of scholarship in virtually every area of ancient Greek philosophy, but the sophists have for the most part been neglected. This is certainly true of Prodicus of Ceos: of the four most well-known sophists--Protagoras, Gorgias, Prodicus, and Antiphon--he has received the least attention. Robert Mayhew provides a reassessment of his life and thought, and especially his views on language, religion, and ethics. This volume consists of ninety texts with facing translations--far more than have appeared in any previous edition--and provides the first commentary on the extant evidence for Prodicus' life and thought. The texts are drawn from the best available editions; the translations are new, and faithful to the original. Mayhew's commentary is designed to serve the needs of a wide range of readers: both scholars of ancient philosophy, and advanced students curious about this intriguing figure who appears in over a dozen Platonic dialogues.
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"I thank Mayhew for bringing Prodicus into the philosophical conversation and, especially, for the painstaking scholarship on the testimonia that will make it easier for us to disagree with him."--Joel E. Mann, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199607877
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Mayhew is Professor of Philosophy at Seton Hall University (New Jersey). His other books include a new edition of the Aristotelian Problemata for the Loeb Classical Library, Plato Laws 10 (in the Clarendon Plato series), and The Female in Aristotle's Biology.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
TEXT & TRANSLATION
I. Life and character
II. Language
III. Natural philosophy, cosmology, and religion
IV. Ethics
COMMENTARY
I. Life and character
II. Language
III. Natural philosophy, cosmology, and religion
IV. Ethics
Appendices
Sources
Bibliography
Indices

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