(622 words)

b. 436 BC in Athens;

d. 338 BC in Athens;

Attic orator and political publicist.


Twenty-one orations, and nine epistles are preserved under Isocrates’ name; these probably include some spurious material (Or. 1; Ep. 6; 10).


More than 100 manuscripts are extant; they have been divided into two distinct classes since the Middle Ages.


Cite this page
Landfester, Manfred, “Isocrates”, 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 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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