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Hippias

(c. 485—415 bc)


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Of Elis, sophist, a younger contemporary of Protagoras. He acquired fame and wealth as a teacher and orator, claiming competence in arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, music (i.e. harmonics) grammar, poetry, and history, as well as in various handicrafts and in mnemonic techniques. His voluminous works included an elegy on the drowning of a chorus of boys from Messenia, a collection of historical material, and a list of Olympic victors (see olympic games).

Subjects: Philosophy — Classical Studies.


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