Second Sophistic

The Second Sophistic is a literary-historical term referring to the Greek writers who flourished from the reign of Nero until c.230 AD and who were catalogued and celebrated by Philostratus in his Lives of the Sophists (481).

Writers known as members of the Second Sophistic were Aelius Aristides, Dio Cocceianus, Philostratus and Herodes Atticus.


  • Jaap-Jan Flinterman, Power, paideia & pythagoreanism. Greek identity, conceptions of the relationship between philosophers and monarchs and political ideas in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius (1995 Amsterdam)
  • Maud Gleason, Making men. Sophists and Self-Presentation in Ancient Rome (1995)
  • Simon Swain, Hellenism and Empire. Language, Classicism and Power in the Greek World, AD 50-250 (1996 Oxford)
  • Tim Whitmarsh, The Second Sophistic (2005 Oxford)


Second Sophistic

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