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Lysias (circa 458 - 380 BCE)

The orator Lysias is believed to have been trained in rhetoric by Teisias of Syracuse, one of the earliest professional rhetoricians. Although Lysias did have a successful career as a logographer in Athens, the speech that Phaedrus shares with Socrates in the Phaedrus is probably a concoction of Plato's. Lysias's father, Cephalus, appears as a character in Plato's Republic.