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(from ἡ σοφιστική, sc. τέχνη/hē sophistikḗ, sc. téchnē, 'the sophistic, sc. art/method', e.g. Pl. Soph. 231b 8).

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I. Terminology

The use of the word 'sophistic' as a noun, as has been adopted into modern languages, seems not to predate Philostratus [5] (VS 481, AD 237/8). His distinction between an 'ancient' (archaía) and a Second Sophistic (deutéra) was taken up in 1903 by Hermann Diels, who gave the title Ältere Sophistik ('Elder Sophistic') to the final …

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Narcy, Michel (Paris), “Sophists”, 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 04 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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