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Early Greek Philosophy, by John Burnet
Our web version of the 3rd edition (1920) of Burnet's classic work includes his notes and some Unicode Greek. Check out the Section Index.

The Divine Sappho
Featuring H.T. Wharton's Sappho, The Divine Sappho includes more than 120 fragments of Sappho in Unicode Greek and English translation, plus a biography and a wealth of Sappho resources and links.

Thucydides, featuring the Jowett Translation
The complete Jowett translation of Thucydides, with Jowett's notes, a linked index to the speeches in Thucydides, and much more.

Aristotle on His Predecessors
The first book of Aristotle's Metaphysics, translated with introduction and notes by A.E. Taylor. This brisk book neatly introduces many of the concepts in the Metaphysics.

Lives & Opinions of Eminent Philosophers
The C. D. Yonge translation of Diogenes' Laertius' The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (with the exception of Epicurus and Zeno). Fun reading, but be aware the original Bohn's text includes quite a few errors

Lives of the Ten Orators
Biographies of Antiphon, Andocides, Lysias, Isocrates, Isaeus, Aeschines, Lycurgus, Demosthenes, Hyperides, Dinarchus, translated by Charles Barcroft, from Plutarch's Lives and Writings, Essays and Miscellanies, Vol. 5.

Heraclitus of Ephesus
Includes Bywater's text in Unicode Greek, the G.T.W. Patrick translation, and more.

Longinus On the Sublime
The complete W. Rhys Roberts translation of Longinus' beautiful On the Sublime.

Empedocles of Agrigentum
Empedocles was the teacher of Gorgias and, some say, the first mover of rhetoric. Includes the W.E. Leonard translation, Unicode Greek text of the fragments, John Burnet's chapter on Empedocles, Diogenes Laertius' Life of Empedocles, & more.

Alcidamas, with his Against the Sophists
Alcidamas was a student of Gorgias. His encomium on extemporaneous oratory still delights students of rhetoric. Includes essays by E.M. Cope and Alice Hazel Brown.

Isocrates
Isocrates, the student of Gorgias, was an extraordinarily influential teacher of prose. We have translations of many of his speeches, a life and chronology of Isocrates, and shortcuts to passages in Isocrates' texts at the Perseus Project.

Demetrius on Style
The complete W. Rhys Roberts translation of Demetrius' valuable book on style.

Horace, the Art of Poetry
The enjoyable Francis translation of Horace's Ars Poetica.

Cicero
Cicero's De Inventione was among the first works scanned for Peithô's Web. You can also read Cicero's Topica and Best Style of the Orators

Thomas Hobbes' Brief of the Art of Rhetorick
Hobbes brief of Aristotle's Rhetoric is still a handy source of premises for speeches.




Classicpersuasion.org will eventually include more than Peithô's Web, which is devoted to the ancients. Here is a preview of one future section:

Speeches of Lord Chatham




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