Gorgias of Leontini
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b. ca. 480 BC in Leontini in Sicily;

d. ca. 380 BC; Greek Sophist and teacher of oratory.


Of his works, two epideictic speeches are preserved, an Encomium of Helen, and a Defence of Palamedes. The most important fragment is an excerpt from the Epitáphios, transmitted by Maximos Planudes in his commentary on Hermogenes. Numerous other fragments survive from other…

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Thiel, Rainer, “Gorgias of Leontini”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps2_COM_0095>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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