Gorgias : an edition of the extant texts and fragments with commentary and introduction
This thesis is a commentary on G.'s extant works and fragments which consists in three main parts: an Introduction, the Greek text, and notes on the text and fragments. a) The Introduction offers an account of G.'s life which is based on the information provided by ancient authors, a discussion of the stylistic features of his prose - along with a presentation of the criticism of his style by ancient authorities - and an analysis of the recurring argumentative schemata that underlie G.'s extant work. b) The Greek text, as it stands, embodies the readings that I adopt. c) The commentary on the extant texts and fragments is normally preceded by short Introductions, which are pertinent to the main problems of interpretation posed by the individual texts. The notes themselves normally include: i) a presentation of the textual problems and the possible solutions which have been proposed by previous scholars, together with the arguments that support the readings adopted in the text, ii) explanation of the text and its stylistic characteristics, iii) discussion of the individual arguments, and their role in the reasoning as a whole, and iv) where appropriate an analysis of the philosophical issues raised by the texts themselves.