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Polycrates

(c. 440—370 bc)


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(c.440–370 bc)

was an Athenian sophist best known for his (lost) fictitious ‘Accusation of Socrates’, written after 393/2 bc, and put in the mouth of Anytus. It may have stimulated Plato and Xenophon to write in Socrates' defence. The speech was known to Libanius, who composed an elaborate ‘defence’ partly at least in reply to it.

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