from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Isocrates 436-338 B.C. Athenian orator and rhetorician whose letters and pamphlets are a valuable source of ancient Greek political thought.

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  • n. Athenian rhetorician and orator (436-338 BC)


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  • But the air of amused compassion with which the lusty Down-Easter, who had made me feel what the _digito monstrari_ was, now looked down on me, raised a feeling of resentment and self-depreciation which left me in no mood to make a brilliant show of scholarship in construing my "Isocrates" that morning.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862

  • They supported centers of higher education that laid the foundations of Western thought: first Plato's Academy and Isocrates' school of rhetoric; then Aristotle's Lyceum, Zeno's Stoa and Epicurus' Garden.

    Handing Out Knives to Madmen

  • The Athenian orator Isocrates, now in his nineties, had in fact been advocating such a Panhellenic crusade for decades, though mostly in hope of giving the Greeks someone to fight besides each other.

    Alexander the Great

  • But the aged Isocrates saw at last in Philip a leader with the military might and authority to unite the Greeks in a grand campaign against Persia to avenge the atrocities of the past and liberate the Greek cities on the Aegean coast of Asia from Persian rule.

    Alexander the Great

  • Isocrates: Athenian orator and early advocate of a united Greek invasion of Persia.

    Alexander the Great

  • For example, the Golden Rule taught by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount goes back thousands of years earlier and can be found in the writings of many ancient sages such as Confucius and Isocrates, and in the Hindu Mahabharata.

    Victor Stenger: Questions for a New Atheist, Part 1

  • The novel had begun optimistically, with a quote from the Greek speechwriter Isocrates appealing for a political plan, “which will forever put an end to our hostilities and unite us by the lasting ties of mutual affection and fidelity.”


  • “Do not do to others what would anger you if done to you by others.” as Isocrates said.

    DEFENDING PRIVILEGE » Sociological Images

  • In his oration "On Peace", Isocrates proposes to the Athenian assembly policies for lasting peace with their neighbors.

    Amb. Alexandros P. Mallias: A New Beginning and the Wisdom of the Past: Why the Greek Classics are Still Relevant

  • On the value of good advisors, Isocrates counsels again "The first way improve the condition of our state is to select as our advisers on affairs of state the kind of men whose advice we should desire on our private affairs".

    Amb. Alexandros P. Mallias: A New Beginning and the Wisdom of the Past: Why the Greek Classics are Still Relevant


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