n Akroterion - Gorgias and the psychology of persuasion

Volume 56, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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Although the stated objective of Gorgias' may be doubted - to free Helen from blame for leaving her home and husband to go to Troy with Paris (2) - it surely contains a serious point. The speech seems more accurately an encomium of the , than Helen, leading Charles Segal to conjecture that it 'may even have served as a kind of formal profession of the aims and the methods of his art' (1962:102). Some regard it as one of our best insights into the state of late fifth century rhetorical theory (Kerferd 1981:78).

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