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Commentary on Isocrates' Busiris (Niall Livingstone) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2001) 9789004121430
Commentary on Isocrates' Busiris (Niall Livingstone) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2001) 9789004121430
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Title: Commentary on Isocrates' Busiris

Author: Livingstone, Niall

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2001

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004121430

Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 228

List Price in Cloth: $160.00 Our price: $135.99

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This volume contains the first scholarly commentary on the puzzling work Busiris--part mythological jeu d'esprit, part rhetorical treatise and part self-promoting polemic--by the Greek educator and rhetorician Isocrates (436-338 B.C.).The commentary reveals Isocrates' strategies in advertising his own political rhetoric as a middle way between amoral 'sophistic' education and the abstruse studies of Plato's Academy. Introductory chapters situate Busiris within the lively intellectual marketplace of 4th-century Athens, showing how the work parodies Plato's Republic, and how its revisionist treatment of the monster-king Busiris reflects Athenian fascination with the 'alien wisdom' of Egypt.As a whole, the book casts new light both on Isocrates himself, revealed as an agile and witty polemicist, and on the struggle between rhetoric and philosophy from which Hellenism and modern humanities were born.
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