In this article I shall concentrate on ten lines in Plato's Gorgias (449c9–d9) dealing with what has come to be known as “rhetoric's materia question.” By taking Gorgias as a representative of the first stages of rhetoric in ancient Greek thought, and by a close analysis of Socrates' move in the above section, I shall pinpoint exactly where Plato located rhetoric in the consciousness of Gorgias, and by this offer a new perspective on one of the hot questions in secondary literature nowadays—the origin of ἡ τέχνηῥητοριϰή.
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Research Article| February 01 2011
The Problem of Rhetoric's Materia in Plato's Gorgias (449c9-d9)
Rhetorica (2011) 29 (1): 1–22.
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Yosef Z. Liebersohn; The Problem of Rhetoric's Materia in Plato's Gorgias (449c9-d9). Rhetorica 1 February 2011; 29 (1): 1–22. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/RH.2011.29.1.1
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