Protagoras protagoras thinker and teacher the first and most famous of the greek sophists protagoras spent most of his life at athens where he considerably influenced contemporary thought on moral and political questions plato named one of his dialogues after him protagoras taught as a sophist for more. Protagoras fl 5th c bce protagoras of abdera was one of several fifth century greek thinkers including also gorgias hippias and prodicus collectively known as the older sophists a group of traveling teachers or intellectuals who were experts in rhetoric the science of oratory and related subjectsprotagoras is known primarily for three claims 1 that man is the measure of all . Protagoras of abdera c485 415 bce is considered the greatest of the sophists of ancient greece and the first to promote the philosophy of subjectivism arguing that interpretation of reality is relative to the individual this same view was earlier promoted by the chinese philosopher teng shih 6th century bce but protagoras was the first to teach this view in greece through his position . Protagoras by plato part of the internet classics archive commentary several comments have been posted about protagoras download a 121k text only version is available for download
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