The state of the text
TWENTY-ONE Speeches or Discourses, and nine Letters, are extant under the name of Isokrates. All these are probably genuine1
. Nor is any lost work, except the ‘Art of Rhetoric,’ known from a definite citation2
. Suidas speaks of thirty-two discourses3
. In the Plutarchic Life, the number given is sixty,—of which only twenty-eight were allowed as genuine by Caecilius and only twenty-five by Dionysios4
Photios knew only twenty-one5
. Dionysios, the strictest, may be taken as also the best canon. If it may be assumed that his collection included ours, we have all but four of those compositions which he thought genuine.
The text of our collection is tolerably perfect.
The only gaps of any importance are at the end of Oration XIII (Against the Sophists); at the beginning of Oration XVI (‘De Bigis’); and probably at the end of Letters I, VI and IX6