Sophists, Greece

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary


A term of otherwise broad range (including doctors and athletes), sophistês came to designate a series of public intellectuals, teaching and offering wise counsel to Greek communities and their elites ca. 600–400 bce. Never ivory-tower philosophers (a type invented by Plato), the first sophistai, later called the “seven sophistai,” including Thales and Solon, cultivated practical wisdom, even cunning intelligence (mêtis), and moral rectitude, sometimes mediating civil strife between aristocrats and the masses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Ancient History
EditorsRoger S Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B Champion, Andrew Erskine, Sabine R Huebner
ISBN (Electronic)978-1444338386
ISBN (Print)978-1405179355
StatePublished - 2012


Dive into the research topics of 'Sophists, Greece'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this