The problem of Rhetoric's Materia in Plato's Gorgias (449c9-d9)

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In this article I shall concentrate on ten lines in Plato's Gorgias (449c9-d9) dealing with what has come to be known as "rhetoric's materia question." By taking Gorgias as a representative of the first stages of rhetoric in ancient Greek thought, and by a close analysis of Socrates' move in the above section, I shall pinpoint exactlywhere Plato located rhetoric in the consciousness of Gorgias, and by this offer a new perspective on one of the hot questions in secondary literature nowadays-the origin of.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalRhetorica - Journal of the History of Rhetoric
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Art
  • Gorgias
  • Materia
  • Plato
  • Rhetoric
  • Schiappa


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