The issue of particular interest to this discussion will be the intimate relationship of the Second Sophistic with the Good King ideology. To be more precise, its relationship with an aspect of the Good King ideology which demanded a 'Good King' to act as a benefactor. The role sophists and their oratory played in embassies requesting various benefactions from the Roman emperor was crucial, and this fact is often noted by modern scholars. Nevertheless, this issue will be readdressed as I believe that the true significance of these embassies has been largely missed in modern scholarship. In this paper I intend to examine the impact the sophists of the Second Sophistic had on the emperor's role as benefactor of Greek cities, and the emperors' influence on the sophists' role as benefactors of these same cities. I hope to suggest that the relationship of the emperors and the sophists can perhaps be best understood in terms of ideological exchange, where both sides helped elevate each other's ideological concerns.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Ancient history : resources for teachers|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|