Full Title   Gorgias

Author   Plato

Philosophical Movement   Socratic

Language   Ancient (Classical) Greek

Time/Place Written   Circa 385 BCE/Greece (this date is unknown and disputed, and most attempts at its determination are made relative to the speculated dates of other writings)

Date of First Publication   The date of primary publication remains unclear, given both the work's age and its existence for decades as the subject of lectures within Plato's Academy prior to its formal publication. The earliest known version (a papyrus manuscript) dates from the third century of the Common Era.

Publisher   The Fayum (see above)

Speaker   Socrates (Plato tends in his dialogues to express his own views through the mouthpiece of his teacher)

Form   Dialogue

Other Participants   Callicles (the host), Chaerephon (Socrates's friend), Gorgias (a famous Sophist), Polus (Gorgias's student)

Setting (time)   Contemporary with Plato's life (early to middle 4th century BCE)

Setting (place)   Athens; the home of Callicles

Tone   Amicable, except for certain words of Callicles addressed to Socrates late in the work

Point of view   Third-person witness to the conversation

Tense   Present (dialogue)

Major Topics   Rhetoric, politics, justice, virtue, temperance

Major Conflict   Socrates disputes the nature of rhetoric, power, politics, justice, and the good with Gorgias, Polus, and Callicles

Foreshadowing   Socrates refers to a hypothetical situation of being put on trial, the treatment of which prophesies the circumstances of his imminent death