Protagoras

The first Sophist. 

 

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 Protagoras

 (c.480 - 411 B.C.E.)

 

Protagoras, sophist and presocratic philosopher.  

 

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Contribution to Rhetoric 

 

 Considered the first Sophist, Protagoras is most well known for his statement, "Man is the measure of all things."  He was one of the earliest to express a relativistic world view, and by some accounts he was persecuted for his beliefs.  Most of what is known about Protagoras comes from the writings of Plato, especially "Protagoras."