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Protagoras
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(Πρωταγόρας; Prōtagóras).

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[1] Of Abdera, the first sophist, 5th cent. BC

P. of Abdera. The first sophist, 5th cent. BC, originator of the homo-mensura doctrine, known only from Plato's dialogue of the same name and from Diogenes Laertius.

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A. Life

P.' date of birth and death are obscure. In Plato's dialogue Protagoras (Pl. Prt. 317c = 80 A 5 DK) - named after him - he says that he could be the father of…

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Narcy, Michel (Paris) and Gärtner, Hans Armin (Heidelberg), “Protagoras”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1011130>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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