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Isocrates (436–338 BCE) was an eminent ancient Greek philosopher and educator, one of the Ten Attic Orators, an associate of Socrates, and a friend and rival of Plato. After a long rivalry between the school of Isocrates and the Academy of Plato, it was Isocrates’s educational ideas and practices that prevailed in Europe, North Africa, much of the Middle East, and eventually all of North America. It was Isocrates, not Plato, who became the educator of the classical world and is widely known as the father of the liberal arts and liberal education. Yet in spite of his well-established prominence in the history of education, and a rich tradition of Isocrates scholarship in French and German, no general history of education in English contains ...

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