biographical name \ī-ˈsä-krə-ˌtēz\

Definition of ISOCRATES

436–338 b.c. Athenian orator


biographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(born 436, Athens—died 338 BC, Athens) Athenian author, rhetorician, and teacher. His school, unlike Plato's more philosophical Academy, provided an education for the practical needs of society; it was given over almost entirely to rhetoric. He promoted Greek political unity and cultural superiority based on monarchy and advocated a unified Greek attack on Persia under Philip II of Macedonia to secure unity and peace in Greece. When Greece lost its independence after the Battle of Chaeronea, Isocrates, in despair, starved himself to death.


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